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Red Tape and Bureaucrats Slowing Return of Jewish Property in Hungary, Jews Charge

A combination of red tape and reactionary bureaucrats is slowing up the restoration to Jews of property confiscated by the former pro- Nazi government, it was charged today in Jewish circles. They asserted that the legislation adopted by the Provisional Government decreeing return of Jewish property was satisfactory, but its execution was being sabotaged.

Returning deportees, a Jewish spokesman said, frequently have to wait months for return of even their beds. He cited the case of a Jewish lawyer who returned to a provincial town to claim his property, only to be jailed for his temerity. The Jewish people, he said, hoped that these and other Jewish problems would be solved equitably at the final peace conference.

The Jews in Budapest, of whom there are about 100,000 at present, are also dissatisfied with the slow rate of repatriation of deportees. According to an agreement with the Government, they say, priority should be given to deported Jews, but, instead, the large majority of those being repatriated are former prisoners of war.

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