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Bethlen Seeks Jewish Favor in Return for Guarantees

May 28, 1923
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Hungary is willing to bargain with the Jews for the removal of the existing discriminations against them if the Jews will engage in propaganda on their behalf in their efforts to obtain a loan. This is the purport of an offer said to have been made by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Count Bethlen, to Jewish representatives, according to the press.

The Premier’s statement came in response to a query by newspapermen as to whether he had during his journey to other parts of Europe in behalf of the Hungarian loan, made any guarantees for the removal of the Jewish disabilities, it having been intimated that Count Bethlen had in particular approached the Aliance Israelits with such a proposition.

The Prime Minister replied that Hungary was prepared to modify the “numerus clausus” which limits the number of Jewish studets at the universities if the Jews outside of Hungary would, in return engage in propaganda tending to improve public opinion regarding Hungary, especially in Central and Western Europe.

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