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Hungary Confirms Deportation of Alien Jews to Nazi-held Poland

August 4, 1941
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The Budapest radio today broadcast a Government announcement confirming reports that deportation of alien Jews from Hungary to Nazi-held Poland has been going on for the last fortnight.

Majority of the expelled Jews are holders of Polish passports and Jews who were born in Galicia, though residing in Hungary as long as twenty and more years. Many came to Hungary from Vienna and are holders of Austrian passports.

A report of the Jewish Community of Vienna reaching here today reviews the relief activities of 1940 for Jews in the former Austrian capital. “Over 30,000 of the approximately 40,000 Jews remaining in Vienna are today dependent upon assistance from the Jewish Community, which pays rent for families and single persons, makes cash relief grants, and maintains fourteen soup kitchens where 12,000 are fed daily,” the report says.

Thirty-five industrial and three agricultural courses are maintained by the Kultusgemeinde, the Jewish Community for professional training of young people. In addition there are special classes which teach language and other subjects in preparation for emigration. Until recently 600 children received their education through a school supported by the Kultusgemeinde. Lately, the Kultusgemeinde has also taken over another school with an enrollment of 1,200. These 1,800 children represent the entire remaining Viennese population of school age.

Eight homes and institutions care for 1,700 aged people under the supervision of the Kultusgemeinde. Some 1,500 of these people are over the age of 70. In view of the disproportionate number of aged people in the Viennese Jewish community, a high degree of medical care is needed. Despite a 72% reduction in the Jewish population of Austria, the capacity of the Jewish Hospital in Vienna has had to be increased by 20%. More than $650,000 was placed at the disposal of the Kultusgemeinde by the J.D.C. during 1940, the report says.

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