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November 4, 2013 5:02 pm

Commemoration of Hungarian Nazi Collaborator Draws Protest

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Hungarian extreme-right Jobbik party manifestation in Budapest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Nearly 1,000 protestors took to the streets in Budapest to decry the far-right Jobbik party’s unveiling of a statue of Hungarian wartime leader and Nazi collaborator Miklos Horthy, Reuters reported.

The third-largest party in Hungary, Jobbik’s leaders have stoked extremism anti-Semitism in Hungary, often denigrating Jews and Israel in speeches.

“It is a historical travesty to publicly honor a man who introduced anti-Jewish laws in 1938, who sided with Adolf Hitler before and during World War II and who did nothing to prevent the murder of Hungarian Jewry,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in a statement.

Horthy, who ruled Hungary from 1920-1944, helped the Nazis to deport more than 437,000 Jews to death camps in less than two months in 1944, according to the Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Centre.

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  • Mark_

    Horthy was a war criminal and butcher. A statue of him today in Hungary is an abomination. The statue should be removed and destroyed. Hungary cannot be considered a part of Europe and the West as long as Hungarians do not destroy it.

  • R

    Jews throughout the world all know where they stand in relationship to the governments of the countries in which the are citizens: Jews in American are protect as all citizens are protected, by a Constitution written over two hundred years ago and still enforced.

    Jews in Canada are equally well protected by a government that respects its citizens. (It’s a great country, Canada!!)

    Beyond that, you have to be selective. The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel…which came into existence born out of the flames and disasters of Germany and its World War II leader, Adolf Hitler and his theories of the German “Master Race” – gladly grasped and accepted by the German nation. HE WASN’T CAPTURED ALIVE AT THE END OF THE WAR: INSTEAD HE PUT A BULLET THROUGH HIS BRAIN TO AVOID CAPTURE.

  • Fred

    What else is new in anti Semitic Europe ???