Budapest: Keleman Bela/ Pester Lloyd Printing House, 1939. First edition. Softcover. Large octavo. 22pp. Beige printed wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. The publication is a heartfelt critique and condemnation of the so-called Second Jewish Law. This anti-Semitic law was ultimately passed by the Hungarian Parliament under the leadership of Miklós Horthy, on May 5th 1939. The law which proceeded to define Jews racially, followed the passage of the First Hungarian Jewish Law, the previous year, which had already limited Jewish participation in various professions and taken away certain other rights. This response was published by Bela Kelemen (assumed to be the author of the text), and was printed by the printing house of the Pester Lloyd newspaper. The Pester Lloyd, a German-language newspaper of Budapest, was one of the few newspapers that was known for continually taking a stand in defense of the rights of the Jewish population, during the era when those rights were being eroded. The publication of this opinion piece took place sometime in February 1939 (as stated on the ink stamps on the front cover), before the law's passage, while it was still under debate. From the library of Otto Polyánszky.
Text in Hungarian.
Wrappers with minor to light rubbing, creasing and/or chipping to extremities. Covers sunned. Interior with some smaller closed tears to the edges of pages. Age toning to pages. Wrappers in good+, interior in very good- condition overall. Quite scarce. Protected by modern mylar. g+ to vg-. Item #47160