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Attacks Jews, Imprisoned One Day; Attacks Anti-semite, Imprisoned Two Weeks

June 21, 1923
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Stefan Lendvai accused of publishing a violently anti-Semitic article, was sentenced to one day’s imprisonment and was immediately released.

In asking for his acquittal, his counsel admitted that Lendvai had trespassed against the law, but “not against the interests of Hungary”.

The court in imposing the day’s sentence said that it was true that the Jews are a peril to the country but that Lendvai had gone a bit too far in saying that they destroyed the trade and the integrity of the country at the same time.

While the anti-Semitic Lendavi thus escaped with virtually no punishment, the Liberal Journalist Geza Feleky, who was accused by Magistrate Zilahi of attacking him for inciting school children against the Jews, was sentenced to fourteen days imprisonment.

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