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Hungary at it again in looking to glorify anti-Semite

AntiSemitismWatch has previously reported on the seemingly regular inappropriate attempts at glorification in Hungary of its World War II past. In the latest twist, Hungarian Jews have protested a new government plan to honor a Holocaust-era politician who supported anti-Semitic legislation.

The controversy that unfolded Tuesday between the Mazsihisz umbrella group of Jewish communities and the government concerns a statue scheduled to be unveiled in Budapest in the presence of government officials on Wednesday of Gyorgy Donath – a lawmaker who supported discriminatory laws against Jews that historians say served as the legal foundation for their persecution by the German Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators.

Gyorgy Donath
Gyorgy Donath

This “far-right, anti-Semitic politician deserves no statue in Hungary,” Mazsihisz wrote in a statement published Tuesday.

The unveiling of a statue of Donath follows earlier scandals including a plan to commemorate Balint Homan, a Hungarian Holocaust-era minister who supported and promoted the same laws. In December, following protests by Mazsihisz, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, said that the plans by a nonprofit organization dedicated to Homan’s legacy to erect the monument in his honor in Szekesfehervar near Budapest will not come to pass.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

In 2014, Mazsihisz briefly suspended its talks with Orban’s center-right government in protest of its support of yet another controversial commemorative project – a statue dealing with Hungary under the rule of Nazi Germany and its pro-Nazis collaborators.

Unveiled in July that year in Budapest, it is a statue of an angel being attacked by a German eagle – a design which critics say glosses over Hungary’s active role in sending some 450,000 Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust. The Hungarian government disputes the interpretation, arguing the figure attacked represents all victims of fascism and not the Hungarian state.

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Condemnation of Hungary and its far-right glorification

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has blasted Hungarian officials for their failure to stop a Neo Nazi event in the city of Szekesfehervar, where a proposed statue to honor Balint Homan, a major Hungarian anti-Semite and Nazi collaborator was recently halted only following an international outcry.

Mark Weitzman, the Wiesenthal Center’s Director of Government Affairs, who helped spearhead the international protests against the monument, declared, “This weekend’s scheduled event in  featuring a SS veteran and neo-Nazis followed by a concert (See Flyer) is another blatant attempt to honor and glorify the perpetrators of the Holocaust. For such an event to be allowed to go forward without any condemnation in the country that is currently chairing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and has a law against Holocaust denial, is an exercise in political and historical hypocrisy.”


“When I met with the mayor of Szekesfehervar in December regarding the proposed Homan statue, he expressed his concern that Szekesfehervar would be remembered for that controversy. In light of this weekend’s planned event, we can say that it is clear that Szekesfehervar will be notorious from now on as a city that allows the glorification of Nazis,” Weitzman concluded.