Hungary

Rachel Weisz’s father makes his movie debut

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Move over Rachel — there is a new member of the Weisz family finding success in the film business.

The actress’s 84-year-old father George has made his debut as a producer with a documentary telling the little-known story — set in Nazi Germany — of the first ever female rabbi.

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Fact (and fiction also): Budapest-based author completes a notable double

By Gerald Jacobs, May 30, 2013

Hungary is not the best place to be Jewish at the moment, with rising antisemitism and the extreme nationalist Jobbik party a major force in the country’s parliament. Earlier this month, on the eve of the World Jewish Congress’s defiant plenary assembly in Budapest, Jobbik was allowed to stage a quasi-military antisemitic rally.

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Orban talks... as Jobbik walks

By Adam Lebor, May 9, 2013

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, strongly condemned antisemitism and pledged to honour the memory of Holocaust victims at the World Jewish Congress, which met in Budapest last weekend, but failed to criticise the far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in parliament.

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Hungarian PM pledges to stop far-right protests ahead of WJC meeting

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has banned protests against the World Jewish Congress plenary assembly, due to take place in Budapest next week.

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World Jewish Congress defends invite for hate-link Orban

By Anna Sheinman, April 26, 2013

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has defended its invitation to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to speak at its quadriennial assembly, despite his failure to denounce the hate speech of his close friend and one of his party’s founders, Zsolt Bayer.

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Survey: antisemitism rises 30 per cent worldwide

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

A survey has shown a 30 per cent increase in global acts of antisemitism.

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Top award for Hungarian ‘hate’ journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has called on the government to revoke an award given to an allegedly antisemitic TV presenter last Friday.

Ferenc Szaniszlo, who works for the privately-owned Echo TV, was presented with Hungary’s top journalism prize, the Tancsics Award.

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Hungary’s self-destructive demons

By Thomas Ország-Land, March 8, 2013

NUMEROUS statues and plaques have recently been unveiled and prominent squares and avenues are being renamed up and down Hungary in honour of Admiral Miklós Horthy, the country’s wartime regent — the politician most responsible for the murder of close to 600,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

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Hungary court orders denier to visit Auschwitz

By Nissan Tzur, February 7, 2013

A court in Hungary has handed a Holocaust-denier an unconventional punishment.

Gyorgy Nagy, 42, was ordered to visit either Hungary’s Holocaust memorial centre, Auschwitz or Yad Vashem in Israel.

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John Mann takes on Hungarians

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

The chair of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism is planning to take a cross-party delegation of MPs to Hungary later this year to challenge the rise of an extremist party in the country.

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