Vienna (Feb. 28)
The majority of the Jews in Hungary wish to go to Palestine, because they believe that anti-Semitism will not be eradicated in Hungary for many years to come, Ludwig Stoeckler, president of the Central Committee of Hungarian Jews, told a press conference here.
Stoeckler, who arrived in Vienna too late to testify before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, which left yesterday for Cairo, said that while the Hungarian Government is not anti-Semitic, the people are. He submitted a memorandum on the situation of Hungarian Jews to Harold Bealey, British secretary of the committee. Stoeckler attributed his failure to get here on time to the Allied Central Commission in Hungary, which, he said, did not give him clearance papers before early yesterday.
Since representatives of Rumanian Jewry failed to arrive, the inquiry committee is leaving Europe without having received virtually any oral testimony concerning the Jews of the Balkan countries, aside from the report by Dr. Ernest Marton, Rumanian Red Cross delegate.
(Replying to a question in the House of Commons yesterday, British Minister of State Philip Noel-Baker disclosed that the Soviet Government had said that the refusal of its representatives on the Allied Control Commissions in the Balkans to agree to allow the inquiry commission to visit those countries was motivated by the fact that the armistice terms in each case forbade religious discrimination. The control commissions, the Russians said, make certain that this rule is observed.)