LONDON (Feb. 3)
All property belonging to the Joint Distribution Committee in Hungary has been nationalized by the government, it was reported here today on the basis of information reaching Vienna,
The nationalization move followed the arrest last month of Lajos Stoekler, Jewish community head and leader of a community committee which administered JDC funds in Hungary, on charges of illegal possession of foreign currency. The reports said that employees of the institutions supported by the JDC have been Instructed to look for new jobs.
The London press today publishes details on the arrest of the five Jewish high officials in Hungary in the newest anti-Semitic “purge” in that country. One was Hungarian Minister of Justice Gyula Decis (reported in the JTA Bulletin yesterday). Another was Lt. Gen. Gabor Peter, chief of the state police, who directed the questioning of American businessman Robert A. Vogeler, before he was sentenced to 15 years on similar charges.