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Budapest Jews Score Anti-semitic Tenor of Statement by Hungarian Cardinal

July 13, 1947
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Both Jewish and democratic circles here are up (##) arms over the interview given to the Vienna newspaper Die Welt am Abend by Josef (##)erdinal Mindszenty, Catholic primate of Hungary.

The Cardinal told the Austrian paper that not 600,000 but “only” 500,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the fascist regime and that several thousand deportees probably returned to the country, further reducing the toll.

The Jewish weekly Uj Elet attacks Cardinal Mindszenty’s “anti-Semitic statements” in its current issue. The rabbi of a prominent Budapest synagogue told his congregation that “in a country where a prelate may speak thus with impunity I can only say to Jewish youth : ‘Get out of here.'”

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