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Anti-jewish Riots Break out in Two Hungarian Towns; Jewish Homes Looted by Mobs

March 31, 1946
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Anti-Jewish riots are reported to have occurred in the towns of Ord and Sajoszentpeter, in Hungary, during which Jewish houses were looted and Jews attacked by mobs shouting anti-Semitic slogans.

The communal kitchen maintained by the Joint Distribution Committee for the needy Jews of Ozd was plundered by the mob, which was incited by former Nazi sympathizers. Local police made no attempt to protect the Jews.

(In Budapest the Hungarian Secretary of State told the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the police in Ozd took immediate action against the hooligans and that the ringleaders of the riot, all former Nazis now active in other parties, were arrested. “About forty persons are now under arrest awaiting severe punishment,” he said).

Ozd is a small industrial town known for its iron works. Prior to the mass deportations of Jews from Hungary, it had about 1,200 Jewish inhabitants. There are only 215 Jews left. The majority of them returned from Nazi camps in Germany. Almost all of them are in need of relief.

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