More Jews Flee from Hungary to Vienna; Fugitives Include Rabbis

Another 108 Jews from Hungary arrived here today bringing the total number of Hungarian Jewish refugees registered with the Jewish Community of this city to 360. Most of the new arrivals are from the Hungarian towns of Cserna and Kapuvar and included among them are the Rabbi of Cserna, Arthur Kaufmann, and the Rabbi of Kapuvar, Jandos Loewenstein.

The latest group of fugitives had managed to get hold of a tractor as they fled, which enabled them to bring some of their belongings with them. The Jewish Community here provided overnight accommodations for them in hotels, and will now transfer them to the new Talmud Torah.

Meanwhile, two Jewish truck drivers formerly employed by the Hungarian Red Cross told newsmen here that the Russians had opened fire on a convoy of Red Cross trucks killing all the persons in the first three trucks of the convoy.

While it is still-impossible to estimate the exact number of Hungarian Jewish refugees in Austria, since they are registered in various places, it is thought that at least another 500 who came over the border are now transferring from one government camp to another. It is generally believed that the number of those in this floating camp population is greater than the number registered with the Viennese Jewish Community.

Since the Austrian Government is unable to accommodate all the refugees now in this country, the Jewish Community here is making arrangements to accommodate them in various homes. It is known that 40 Hungarian Jews are still in the Traiskirchen Camp while another group, whose number is not known exactly, is on its way to Salzburg.

(In New York, the Joint Distribution Committee announced today a contribution of 20,000 Swiss francs to the International Red Cross to be used for Hungarian refugees of all faiths. Moses A. Leavitt, executive vice president of the JDC, also revealed that the agency would provide the Red Cross with kosher food for those Jewish refugees who require it. The JDC is already providing, directly and through subsidies to the Jewish Community of Vienna, food, clothing, housing and special care for Jews who cross into Austria from Hungary, Mr. Leavitt said.)

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