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Hungarian Catholic Deputy Hits Persecution of Jews

June 20, 1937
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A Roman Catholic deputy’s attack in Parliament on the “detestable persecution” and “demagogic attacks” against the Jews of Hungary has cheered Jewish leaders here.

“It is not true that a Jewish question exists in Hungary,” declared Deputy Rudolf Rupert. “What does exist is an artificially-stimulated, demagogic movement against the Jews, and this movement does irreparable harm to the Hungarian nation, its honor and its material interests.”

The address, which featured a long recital of Jewish contributions to Hungary’s economic and cultural life, was a commentary an the recent speech of Premier Koloman Daranyi, who had spoken of a “Jewish question” and advocated a halt in immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe.

Deputy Rupert, declaring he was “forced to stand up for the Jewish people as a Christian who has no connection whatsoever with Jewish big business,” gave a long list of “the great Jews who deserved well of Hungary.”

He credited Jews with founding Hungary’s cotton, sugar, leather, lumber and timber, sap and candle, printing, incandescent lamp, beer and shipping industries, as well as contributing to the development of many others.

“The Hungarians of the Jewish faith have done their duty to their country, but we Christians are in duty bound to recognize this,” he asserted.

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