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Czechs to Deport Only Hungarian Jews Who Backed Irredentist Claims of Pre-war Govt.

The Czechoslovak Government does not intend to deport from Slovakia Jews who before the war claimed Hungarian nationality, unless they actively participated in the political agitation which resulted in the transfer to Hungary, in 1938, of a section of Slovakia, a high official of the Foreign Ministry today told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Government spokesman admitted that two notes have been received from the Hungarian Government within recent weeks protesting the expulsion into Hungary of some Slovakian Jews. (Disclosure that such notes had been sent was made in a JTA dispatch from Budapest on Oct. 8.) “It is quite just,” he said, “that some Jews are to leave Slovakia, together with Hungarians. They were leading champions of Hungarian aspirations and contributed actively to the mutilation of Czechoslovakia in 1938.

“Of course, Czechoslovakia has to and will get rid of these people,” he continued,” But Jews who only declared themselves of Hungarian nationality without active participation in Hungarian irredentist agitation have been unmolested and have equal rights with all other citizens.”