Pogrom Averted in Hungarian Town; Mob Attacks Lawyers Who Reclaimed Jewish Lands

A pogrom was narrowly averted today in the town of Hajduszoboszlo, about 100 miles from here, when police dispersed an anti-Semitic mob attempting to attack Jewish lawyers who had recovered 50 acres of land seized from Jews during the war.

The two police arrested three local leaders of the Peasant Party who were responsible for instigating the outbreak, but were forced to release them when the mob threatened police headquarters. The provincial police are now investigating.

The mayor of the town has denied that the demonstrations were of an anti-Semitic nature, insisting that they sprang from the extreme poverty of the peasants. He asserted that the embittered peasants also attempted to attack Gentile lawyers bringing legal action to reclaim land which they had obtained during the war.

Meanwhile, Laszlo Stoekler, president of the Jewish Community Council of Budapest, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the government’s over-all restitution and compensation bill, whose issuance has been long delayed, has once again been referred back to various ministries for further changes. However, Stoekler declared that progress is being made and that a bill satisfactory to the Jews can be expected within two weeks.

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