Vienna Jewish Community Prepares to Accept Jews Fleeing Hungary

The Vienna Jewish Community today informed the Austrian Government that it is prepared to give all possible aid to Jewish refugees from Hungary entering Austria as a result of the anti-Communist revolt now taking place in Budapest and other Hungarian cities.

The assurance was given by the Jewish Community in view of the fact that among the fugitives from Hungary who are crossing the border into Austria are Jewish families escaping from Soviet army units fighting civilians in Hungary who oppose the presence of Soviet troops in their country.

A group of 11 Jews was among the Hungarian civilians to cross the border into Austria today. They said that the Communists in Hungary are spreading rumors that the Austrian Government has sealed its borders and that fugitives are being forced back into Hungary. They were happily surprised to find the border open.

Dr. Emil Maurer, president of the Vienna Jewish Community, today ordered the Jewish Home for Aged here, as well as the Jewish Hospital, to provide food and quarters for Jewish refugees from Hungary and to make preparations for extending them every possible form of aid. He personally conducted a convoy of four trucks filled with medical supplies to the Hungarian border.

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