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Germany Obstructs Emigration of Jews from Hungary to Sweden; Refuses Transit Visas

August 15, 1944
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The Swedish radio today reported that Germany refuses to issue transit visas to Jews leaving Hungary for Sweden with the permission of the Hungarian authorities. Of approximately 500 Jews eligible to leave Budapest for Sweden under the terms announced recently by Admiral Nicholas Horthy, the Regent of Hungary, only two have been given transit visas by the Germans, the Swedish broadcast said.

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is continuing its efforts to secure more transit permits from the German authorities, the broadcast said. It reported that during the first week of August in Budapest a census of non-Jews living in buildings marked with a yellow star was taken, indicating that Jews still reside in these buildings.

Hungarian newspapers reaching here today report that the police in Budapest have for the first time recruited Jewish boys for air raid rescue work. Jewish women are also being accepted now for this work. They are sent back to their ghettos before the curfew hour arrives. Allied planes according to the Hungarian papers continue to drop leaflets over Hungary warning the population against participating in anti-Jewish atrocities.

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