Budapest (May. 26)
Several Jews were injured yesterday during a demonstration before the Hungarian parliament protesting the anti-Semitic riot last week in the town of Kummadaras, in which two Jews were killed and many wounded. Police intervened when a number of the demonstrators were attacked.
Following the demonstration Premier Ference Nagy announced that he had ordered military courts to try 120 persons arrested on charges of being involved in the kunmadaras outbreak. A delegation composed of several members of the parliament will go to the town to observe the trials and order further investigations, if it deems them necessary.
The Premier told his Cabinet that the incident was an “outrage which affected the entire nation.” Similar sentiments have been voiced by almost the entire press, which strongly condemns the perpetrators of the attack. According to the Government’s press officer, the Cabinet has decided to take rigorous measures to curb the growing anti-Jewish agitation, which resulted in another outbreak this past week.
On Friday, a rift is reported to have broken out in the Danubian town of Calidomoelk. The Secretary of State for Justice, Zoltan Pfeiffer, has been sent there to investigate.
The Jewish community here yesterday held special services in the synagogues to commemorate those killed at Kummadaras. All Jewish storekeepers were asked to close their shops for the day.
General Ferenc Feketehalmy Szeydner, commander of Hungarian troops in Yugoslavia, which massacred hundreds of Jews, was sentenced to death over the week-end by a People’s Court here.