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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


Antisemitic Jobbik party rally at former synagogue

By Valentina Jovanovski, February 13, 2014

Hungary’s antisemitic Jobbik party will be “trampling on the graves of Holocaust victims” by holding a rally at a former synagogue on Friday, a leading Jewish organisation says.

The rally in Esztergom, a city north of Budapest where the Jewish population was wiped out during the Holocaust, is part of Jobbik’s campaign ahead of national elections in April.


Hungarian Jews furious over WW2 whitewash memorial

By Valentina Jovanovski, January 23, 2014

Hungary's Jewish community is demanding the government reconsider a planned memorial marking the 70th anniversary of the German occupation, saying it fails to acknowledge the country’s role in the Holocaust.

András Heisler, president of Mazsihisz, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, said the plans disregard “the responsibility of the Hungarian government of that time.”


Not welcome here

January 23, 2014

Two months ago, Theresa May told the Board of Deputies dinner that the government would “not tolerate antisemitism in any form”.

Now is the time for her to prove it.


Ban this man: Jobbik visit to UK is 'deplorable'

By Simon Rocker, January 23, 2014

Community leaders have demanded that Home Secretary Theresa May ban a scheduled address by the leader of the neo-Nazi Hungarian party, Jobbik, in London on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.