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Jews in Hungary Arrested for President Roosevelt’s Speech in Congress

January 9, 1942
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Charged with spreading “wild rumors” in connection with President Roosevelt’s message this week to the reassembled Congress, hundreds of Jews were arrested yesterday in Budapest and sent to a concentration camp, according to advices reaching here today from the Hungarian capital.

The rounding up of Jews in cafes and public places has been intensified in Budapest since Hungary joined Hitler in declaring war on the United States. Some 300 Jews were arrested in Budapest in the course of last week on charges of listening to British and American broadcasts and spreading anti-Axis news. They were all sent to concentration camps without any hearings.

The pro-Nazi press in Hungary is especially active in inciting the population against the Jews. Articles alleging that the Jews spread pro-British and pro-American propaganda within the country are published daily, demanding that Jews be “eliminated from Hungarian life” in the same manner as this has been done in Germany. The general public, however, pays little attention to these outbursts and is rather depressed over the fact that Hungary has listed itself as an enemy of the United States.

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