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2,000 Hungarians Held for Concealing Jewish Property; Budapest May Ease Restrictions

August 9, 1944
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The arrest of more than 2,000 Hungarians in the city of Nagyvarad on the charge of concealing Jewish property amounting to forty million pengos – approximately eight million dollars – is reported in German newspapers reaching here today from Hungary.

Among those arrested are municipal officials and others of prominence of Nagyvarad. Forty leading Hungarians were arrested also in the city of Koloszvar on the same charge, while a number of Christians in the city of Szarszregen, have been fined under the same charge, the papers reported.

The Hungarian press reaching here from Budapest reports that as result of the many protests against the internment of Jews in the ghettos, the Budapest chief of police was authorized to use his own judgement in granting freedom to Jews beyond the specific anti-Jewish restrictions. The papers declare that if the intellectual or manual work of a Jew is in the public interest, then his freedom to carry on the work must not be restricted.

Slovakian newspapers reaching here today carry articles complaining that the number of Jews has increased in the towns Banska-Stavnica, Hovo-Mesto and Nad-Vahon.

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