Leland B. Harrison on the ordinance that imposes forced labor on male Jews in Hungary in 1942



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Budapest reports War Minister ordered November 19th mobilization all able bodied Jews born 1909-1918 for duty work battalions auxiliary military service. [...]

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It is believed likely that many of these Jews will be sent to occupied Russian territory for manual labor as has been the case with Jews from other Danubian countries. The eventual repatriation of Jews deported to the East would not appear to be envisaged by the present Hungarian Government which has recently intensified under Nazi inspiration its anti-Jewish program.


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