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From:	Department	Date: August 25, 10 p.m., 1944

			No:	2933

Code:	Secret		Received: August 26, 10 p.m.


PARAPHRASE
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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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