Leland B. Harrison on imminent antisemitic measures in Hungary in 1943



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An informed source states on the basis of information assertedly just received from Hungary that the Kallay Government has prepared and shortly will propose a special war levy on Jewish property along the lines of the taxes of that nature recently established in Rumania and Bulgaria. [...] The source adds that anti-Semitic members of Kallay’s Government declare Hungarian Jews should in their own interest practice more moderation and abandon their provocative attitude otherwise even severer measures will be applied to them in the near future.


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