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Building of WWII Statue Begins in Budapest as Jews Protest

By: JTA

Members of the Jewish community were among the demonstrators protesting the construction of a controversial monument to the Hungarian victims of the German occupation, implying that the Hungarian government bore no responsibility for the death of Jews.

Work on the statue began Tuesday in downtown Budapest, according to Klubradio, a news station known to be critical of the government. The protest was held that evening adjacent to the U.S. Embassy building, with protesters carrying signs saying the memorial is “a falsification of Hungary’s history.”

The Freedom Square monument, due to be completed in May, will pay tribute to “all Hungarian victims with the erection of the monument commemorating the tragic German occupation and the memorial year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust,” according to the Hungarian Government Information Center.

The Jewish community has argued that the memorial removes any responsibility from the Hungarian government of that time for the death of Hungarian Jews.

Along with the Jewish community, the protesters included Hungarian opposition politicians and civil activists.

Construction was halted before the general elections, held over the weekend, due to the opposition of the Jewish community.

Andras Heisler, president of the Hungarian Jewish community, told Klubradio that the start of construction was a surprise to the leadership of the Jewish community, coming just days after the  elections in which the ultranationalist Jobbik party garnered 23 percent of the vote — an increase of 6 percent from four years ago.

Following Sunday’s elections, Jewish community leaders congratulated the winning Fidesz party, notably its leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

 

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4 Responses to “Building of WWII Statue Begins in Budapest as Jews Protest”

  1. LET US GET TO THE TRUTH – 1941 saw the first massacre of 20,000 Hungarian Jews by Hungarian troops and SS. January 1942 saw another 1,000 Hungarian Jews massacred in Bacska by Hungarian troops and SS.

  2. The Hungarians were complicit in the deportation and killing of probably two thirds of their Jewish population, and ant-semitism is getting worse day by day there.They fought as Nazi allies and many were killed and captured when the Germans tried to capture Stalingrad.

  3. Every day of the year I have listed in web sites, forums and most recently on FaceBook, these notices beginning in 1996, of Jews being murdered by gentiles, particularly by those attached to a particular religious tradition including the Hungarians practically from the inception of that religion. That religion typically rejects any connection to anything negative like murdering Jews. What is more disturbing is that these adherents of this murderous and blame shifting religion appear to promote it, and too many Jews feel the need to aid them in this denial of responsibility. The demonizing of Jews is integral to that religion and we need to acknowledge that. If we remember our murdered let’s not pretend they just died of and for nothing. Blaming one country, an -ism, is a denial on our part as bad as Hungary’s.

  4. Jerry Halpern says:

    Yet another Hungarian outrage…

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