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Hungarian Government Scored by Jewish Conference for Not Acting on Urgent Demands

The Hungarian Government’s failure to repatriate all Jewish deportees and to return confiscated Jewish property, and its alleged indifference to the existence of anti-Semitism here, were condemned today at a nationwide conference of Hungarian Jews.

Speakers demanded that unclaimed Jewish properties and goods be used to assist surviving Jews, instead of being allocated to government or political party uses. They asked that Jewish property for which there are no claimants be treated differently than property abandoned by fugitive Nazis.

Secretary of State Balogh told the meeting that the Government was aware of the importance of the Jewish problem, but asked patience in face of the immense difficulties facing the authorities. He warned that Jews should not attempt to “monopolize” assistance for themselves, since this might cause a resurgence of anti-Semitism.