John F. Montgomery on the “Hungarian Jew Bill” in 1939



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The Department will note that the law was modified substantially. Primarily, the class of Jews to be considered officially as Christians was enlarged but its economic restrictionswere increased, thus creating a sort of second-class citizenship. This represents the real compromise made between the two houses of Parliament. Also, the idea of placing the Jews in a distinct category for political purposes was discarded. Instead, the Jews retain free active and passive suffrage, but the conditions of their enfranchisement were made much more severe. Agricultural property may be taken from the Jews, their right to acquire real estate is limited, and the restriction of their employment is greatly increased. Jewish journalists complain bitterly against the special press restriction by which the law was amended. It appears that, in practice, Jewish youth will suffer the most.


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