TELEGRAM RECEIVED From: Department Date: August 25, 10 p.m., 1944 No: 2933 Code: Secret Received: August 26, 10 p.m. PARAPHRASE ---------- WRB No. 142. Legation Stockholm has been informed substantially as follows by a person who is considered to be thoroughly reliable: "There had been in open-air concentration for four or five days some 20,000 Jews of both sexes and of all ages, with nothing to sit on but the ground. They were later crammed into box cars which were nailed shut and despatched to destinations outside of Hungary. With 80 persons to a car, they were so packed that no one could sit down or even move, and many must have died during the journey. The personnel which handled this movement were not Germans, but Hungarian gendarmes." This report confirms statements from various sources that Hungarian police have been principally instrumental in the arrest and deportation of Jews from Hungary under tragically cruel conditions. You are requested to transmit this information to the Swiss authorities for forwarding to the Government of Hungary, which should be informed that its comment is attentively awaited with respect to these reports, which are regarded as authentic. HULL -- United States National Archives, RG 84, Foreign Service Posts, American Legation Bern, American Interests Section, GR 1942-1947, Box 74, 840.1 Jews-Hungary. Reprinted in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's "1994 Days of Renenbrance" publication, "Fifty Years Ago, Darkness Before Dawn."
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