Bela Imredi, Anti-semittic Former Hungarian Premier, Sentenced to Death
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Bela Imredi, Anti-semittic Former Hungarian Premier, Sentenced to Death

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Bela Imredi, pro-Nazi former premier of Hungary, and the father of Hungary’s anti-Jewish laws, was today found guilty and sentenced to hang by a peoples court, after a trial lasting more than a week. He will appeal.

Although the specific charges upon which Imredi was convicted were declaring war an the Allies without consulting the Parliament and collaboration with the Nazis bring the war, much evidence of his anti-Jewish activities was introduced at his trial.

In a speach to the court before it retired to deliberate upon its verdict, Imedi, who resigned the premiership when he discovered that he had Jewish ancestors, decied that the anti-Semitic legislation he introduced in 1938 had any connection with the Nazi atrocities against Jews in 1943.

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