Hungary

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Board urges UK government to ban Jobbik leader

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2014

Jewish leaders have called on Home Secretary Theresa May to ban representatives of the far-right Hungarian Jobbik party from addressing a meeting in London on Sunday.

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MP defends Hitler ally at antisemitism seminar

By Valentina Jovanovski, November 29, 2013

A politician from Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, tried to defend the legacy of Hitler ally and Hungarian wartime leader Miklós Horthy at a conference on antisemitism in Budapest on Monday.

“The phenomenon of Horthy should not be the victim of politics in an age when not even history… has had time to digest the matter,” said László Simon.

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Hungary critic granted safe asylum

By Nissan Tzur, November 28, 2013

Akos Kertesz, a prize-winning Hungarian writer, was granted political asylum in Canada last week after he claimed he was being persecuted in Hungary.

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Hungary pledges to crack down on antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2013

The deputy prime minister of Hungary, Tibor Navarcsics, has promised that his country will no longer tolerate antisemitism.

Hungary has one of the largest and oldest Jewish communities in Europe but has seen a steady rise in antisemitic incidents.

This year, the world Jewish Congress asked Hungary to do more to combat the problem.

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Hungary signs off reparations settlement

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The Hungarian government has agreed to a multi-million pound settlement to provide reparations to Holocaust survivors living abroad, ending a year-long dispute.

The deal, announced on last weekend, will initially release $5.6m (£3.76m) to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributes restitution payments.

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Most-wanted Nazi suspect who ‘beat prisoners with dog whip’ is charged

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2013

László Csizsik-Csatáry, the alleged Nazi war criminal, was charged this week with participating in the murder of 15,700 Jews during the Holocaust.

Hungarian prosecutors said the 98-year-old was the police commander of the Kosice detention camp — then in Slovakia — where he assaulted Jews with a dog whip before sending all those interned to Auschwitz.

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Budapest mayor ‘backtracks’ on honour for antisemite

By Elliot Miller, June 3, 2013

The Mayor of Budapest, Istvan Tarlos, is reportedly rethinking his decision to name a street in the Hungarian capital after an antisemite.

The city council had planned to name the street after Cecile Tormay, a writer who died in 1937. She is regarded as having inspired Milkos Horthy, the pro-Nazi Hungarian wartime leader.

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