Agnes Katalin Kelemen

The Semaphore of Mobility: Hungarian Jewish Press and Peregrination to Fascist Italy

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Hungary's numerus clausus law of 1920, which limited university enrolment of Jewish students, triggered the emigration of many young Hungarian Jews. Italy was the third most popular destination of these migrant students after Germany and Austria. The present article addresses the question of what kind of sources informed Hungarian Jewish youth about the opportunities of studying in Italy. It is argued that the Hungarian Jewish press, most notably the weekly newspaper «Egyenlo˝ség», played an essential role in turning Italy into a popular destination by informing prospective students about the opportunities offered by Fascist Italy, and by organizing an efficient communication network between Hungarian Jewish students at different Italian universities and their compatriots in Hungary and other European countries.

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