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Hungarian Jews pushed into Vienna

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Anti-Semitism in Hungary is causing an influx of Jewish immigrants to Austria, the head of Vienna’s Jewish community said.

“I am pleased people are coming. But the circumstances that force them to leave Hungary, due to the political situation, due to anti-Semitism, don’t please me at all,” Oskar Deutsch, president of the Vienna Jewish community, told the Austrian Press Agency.

Vienna’s Jewish community is now assisting about 20 families — some in Hungary preparing to leave, and some newly arrived in Vienna.

The press agency quotes Deutsch as saying the Austrian community plans to bring more than 150 Jewish families a year from Hungary, which has a Jewish population of approximately 90,000. — jta


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