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Bill Curbing Jews Assailed in Hungarian Parliament

May 12, 1938
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The bill restricting Jews in the nation’s economic and cultural life was sharply attacked in the Chamber of Deputies today by Count Georg Aponyi, who declared that apart from its inhumanity it contained unjustified libels and reflections against the Hungarian Jews.

Stressing Jewish services to Hungary, Count Aponyi ridiculed the implication of the bill that Jews who had adopted the Christian religion before August 1, 1919, were better than those who had embraced Christianity after that date. (Converts prior to 1919 are exempt from provisions of the bill.) Count Aponyi described the proposed law as a concession to radical, demagogic agitation.

Dr. Istvan Milotay, Right Radical deputy and editor-in-chief of Uj Magyarsag, defended the bill, asserting Jews could not be assimilated. Even Disraeli and Blum, he declared, although externally assimilated spiritually remained Jews.

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