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New Curps on Jews Loom in Hungary; Nazi Party Asks Strong Measures

July 5, 1940
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New anti-Jewish restrictions may be proposed to Parliament, a Government party meeting was told yesterday by Premier Paul Teleki.

They will take the form either of an amendment to the present anti-Jewish law, under which Jewish participation in the nation’s economic and cultural life is restricted to six to 12 per cent, or a new law, Teleki said.

The Premier explained that the new restrictions were needed because of the ever-growing number of exemptions or circumventions of the existing law.

The real reason for the new anti-Jewish drive in Parliament and press was understood, however, to be the small quantity of Jewish land scheduled for early expropriation. Out of a total of 525,000 Jewish-owned acres, only 125,000 have been marked for seizure. Exempted owners of the largest proportion are either war veterans or converts.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s Nazi party, dissatisfied with the scope of the Government’s anti-Jewish program, introduced into Parliament a bill calling for far?over sweeping legislation against the Jews. Under the Nazi bill Jews would be segregated in railway cars, forbidden to drive automobiles, become midwives, display the Hungarian flag, buy anything from a peasant or sign any legal document; only eldest sons and daughters would be permitted to marry, to “restrict the propagation of Jews”; Jews with Hungarian family names would be obliged to change them to Jewish ones; Jews would be permitted to buy, sell and read only Hebrew and Yiddish books, and no foreign Jews would be given visas to enter Hungary.

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