Hungary

The last mourning pilgrim to the loneliest place on Earth

By Monica Porter, November 27, 2014

This year has been Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary, the land of my birth. Seventy years ago, in 1944, the Nazis marched in to deport to Auschwitz the country's 800,000-strong Jewish population.

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Jobbik fields Jew for mayor

By Valentina Jovanovski, September 18, 2014

Hungary's Jewish leaders have hit out at a decision by antisemitic party Jobbik to field a local election candidate with Jewish ancestry.

Péter Jakab announced his candidacy for mayor of the north-eastern town of Miskolc in late May, while also revealing that his mother's family was Jewish. He added that he was not practising.

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Hungarian 'raging antisemite' envoy quits after days on job

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 31, 2014

The man nominated to be Hungary's ambassador to Italy, who has expressed strongly antisemitic views and written for a far-right publication, has left his job under two weeks after the news of his appointment went public.

Péter Szentmihályi Szabó notified the Foreign Ministry that he did not want the position following heavy criticism from opposition parties and Jewish groups.

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Protests as Hungarian war memorial unveiled

By Valentina Jovanovski, July 25, 2014

A monument that opponents say minimises Hungary's responsibility for the Holocaust was completed in the early hours of Sunday morning, despite months of protests from the Jewish community.

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Hungary’s ‘shameful’ plan lead Shoah remembrance group

By Valentina Jovanovski, May 27, 2014

Questions are being raised over whether Hungary is suitable to take over chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2015, amid accusations the government is whitewashing Hungary’s own Second World War past.

The IHRA is an organisation that promotes Holocaust education and research. The chairmanship, currently held by the UK, is rotated annually among members.

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Fury over Hungary whitewash war statue

By Valentina Jovanovski , April 24, 2014

Protesters in Budapest are holding daily demonstrations to try to stop the construction of a controversial monument commemorating the victims of the German occupation, which they say is an attempt to whitewash Hungary’s role in the Holocaust.

Construction began on April 8, despite the government’s promise to postpone it until after Easter.

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One in five votes for antisemitic party in Hungarian election

By Valentina Jovanovski , April 10, 2014

Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party increased its support in Sunday’s general election to 20.5 per cent per cent of the vote, up from 15.9 per cent in 2010.

The party will now have 23 seats out of 199 in the newly downsized parliament.

“This is truly a dark day for Hungary,” said European Jewish Congress President Dr Moshe Kantor .

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Hungarian election a ‘wake-up call for Europe’

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2014

Electoral gains made by the far-right party Jobbik should be a source of grave concern for Europe, European Jewish Congress said in a statement following the Hungarian election on Sunday.

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Jobbik praises Hitler ally ahead of vote

By Valentina Jovanovski, April 3, 2014

Just days before a national election, a far-right Hungarian MP has labelled the era of Miklos Horthy - who led the country from 1920-1944 and was an ally of Adolf Hitler - as "highly successful".

A statue of Horthy, who was in power when over 400,000 Jews were deported, was unveiled at a church in Budapest last year.

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Hungary protests at far-right rally in ex-shul

By Valentina Jovanovski, February 20, 2014

Hungarians demonstrated against a rally held by the antisemitic Jobbik party at a former shul last week.

More than a hundred protesters gathered outside the building in the northern city of Esztergom, where Jobbik leader Gábor Vona spoke to supporters as part of his campaign ahead of the Hungarian elections in April.

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