Jewish leaders have welcomed the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s decision not to support a statue honouring a fascist who helped facilitate the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.
Ronald S Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, said a statue dedicated to former government minister Balint Homan (pictured right) would have been “an affront to the many Hungarian victims of the Holocaust” and praised Prime Minister Viktor Orban for voicing his opposition.
Lauder said: “Prime Minister Orban’s clear statement on this matter comes very late, but it is nonetheless welcome.
“I thank him for making the standpoint of the Hungarian government very clear: No honours must be given to those who prepared the ground for the mass murder of 600,000 Hungarian Jews by Nazi Germany in 1944.
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