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A middle-aged man is Hungary’s first person to be sentenced for Holocaust denial, Hungarian media reported Thursday, January 31.
Upholding an earlier ruling, a Budapest appeals court handed out an 18-month prison term, suspended for three years.
The 42-year old man, who was placed under supervision, attended a demonstration on October 23, 2011, holding a Hebrew banner with the text: “The Holocaust did not happen”.
He must visit Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center at least three times and describe his experiences, the court ruled. Alternatively, the man may visit the former Nazi death-camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland or the Yad Vashem memorial center in Jerusalem, Israel.
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