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December 12, 2015 10:23 am

Hungarian Jews Protest Planned Statue for WWII Politician Who Drafted Anti-Jewish Laws

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Balint Homan played a role in drafting anti-Jewish laws during World War Two. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Balint Homan played a role in drafting anti-Jewish laws during World War Two. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Hungary’s Jewish community protested against plans to erect a statue to a politician who played a role in drafting anti-Jewish laws during World War Two, saying on Thursday that it would bring back the “dark and menacing shadow of antisemitism.”

The row over a statue to Balint Homan, who served as minister of religion and education twice between 1932 and 1942, broke out as Hungary grapples with its antisemitic past and the role it played in the Holocaust despite a thriving Jewish culture.

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