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Demonstrations in Hungary Against Deportations of Jews; Clashes with Police Reported

August 7, 1944
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Clashes between the Hungarian population and the police were reported here today from a number of towns in Hungary as result of mass-demonstrations held there against the deportations of Jews.

The demonstrations, which broke out in various parts of Hungary in the vicinity of Jewish ghettos and concentration camps, are believed here to have been inspired by important Hungarian personalities in Budapest. It is well known here that leading personalities in Budapest have been recently protesting to the Hungarian Government against the mistreatment of Jews and have been drawing the attention of cabinet members to the consequences which the anti-Jewish deportations might have for the whole country.

Reports reaching here from Budapest reveal that deportations of Jews from rural districts are still being continued. No mass-deportations are taking place, however, from Budapest because the population in the Hungarian capital is threatening to react with protest demonstrations, one of the reports states.

The Swiss Radio reported during the week-end that “assurances have been given by the Hungarian Government to the Swiss Minister in Budapest that further deportations of Jews to Germany for labor detail have been temporarily suspended.” The broadcast also announced that the Swiss Legation in Budapest has been authorized to facilitate the departure of several thousand Jews to Palestine and to assist Hungarian Jews in ghettos and in concentration camps with money and food.

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