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Budapest University Compiled A List Of Jews

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From the Jewish Community of Brno >> Members of the Student Council of the University of Budapest, allegedly compiled a list of presumed illegal religious students, including ethnic origin, including Jewish, and political affiliation. These lists were compiled student council every year. Informed the Hungarian TV channel ATV, which also received a full list of 2009. By channel ATV box yes / no questions with “Are you Hungarian?” Suggests the question of the Jewish origin. The list also includes box “political party”. Kalman Szalai, director of the Jewish Fund events and monitoring the protection of anti-Semitism in Hungary, said he more »

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Hungary: A New Synagogue for Budapest but anti-Semitism on Rise

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From Digital Journal >> Last Sunday, February 1, the foundation stone for the first new synagogue in Hungary in 80 years was laid in the Csepel district of the Hungarian capital, Budapest against a background of rising anti-Semitism. The foundation ceremony for Budapest’s new synagogue was significant, having taken place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day but recent events in Hungary, where there have been ominous signs that anti-Semitism is on the rise, are becoming a source of concern to Jewish religious organisations and European parliamentarians. The new synagogue in the Hungarian capital will have a capacity for 120 and is more »

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President Áder Writes to Hungarian Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day

From Politics HU >> President Janos Ader has addressed a letter to the Hungarian Jewish community, telling them that the act of commemorating the victims of the death camps meant recognizing that “any of us could have been among the innocent victims.” “Death camps are the evidence of an atrocity. The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp liberated on January 27, 1945, has for 68 years given proof of the painful end-game of European history’s darkest aberration,” the president said in the letter posted on Jewish organisation Mazsihisz’s website late on Sunday, marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. “For we Hungarians this day is not more »

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Hungary’s Right-Wing Inflames Ethnic Tensions

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From Aljazeera >> In a cafe in Budapest’s 8th District, known for its high population of Roma – also known as Gypsies – Hungarian activist Jeno Setét spoke about the discrimination he says his community faces on a regular basis. He described how he and his wife, a non-Roma, were applying to live in an apartment. The owner initially thought Setét’s wife would be the only renter – but when he found out that Setét, a Roma, would also be living there, the couple was immediately told they could not take the apartment. The Roma make up about 7 percent more »

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Hungary’s First Sentence For Holocaust Denial

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From BosNewsLife >> 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 more »

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Hungary Plans New Synagogue

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From The Jewish Daily Forward >> The Jewish community of Budapest has announced plans to build a new synagogue for the first time in 80 years. The foundation stone for the new synagogue in Budapest’s Csepel district is scheduled to be laid in a ceremony on Sunday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, attended by leaders of Hungary’s Jewish community and senior government officials. “It attests as to the vitality of the Jewish community,” read an announcement about the event, on the website of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz – a body representing many of the organizations that belong more »

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Navracsics Explains Hungary’s Position On Racism In State Visit To Washington

From politics.hu >> From time to time the Hungarian government must explain its position to those that debate it, deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics told daily Magyar Hirlap on Wednesday, commenting on his current US visit. Navracsics, who is also the Minister of Public Administration and Justice, visited the Holocaust Museum on Tuesday and attended an award ceremony at the Lantos Human Rights Commission. He met Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Gordon and Democrat Senator Ben Cardin, the chair of the Helsinki Commission. Navracsics told the paper that he discussed with Gordon the situation of more »

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Hungary PM Condemns Far-Right, Promises to Protect Jews

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From Reuters >> Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday condemned a call by a far-right Jobbik lawmaker to draw up lists of Jews as “unworthy” of his country, promising he would protect all citizens from any kind of discrimination. Orban was responding to comments by Marton Gyongyosi, one of Jobbik’s 44 lawmakers in the 386-seat parliament, who said on November 27 during a debate on violence in the Gaza Strip that it would be “timely” to draw up a list of people of Jewish ancestry who posed a national security risk. His remarks, for which he later apologized, triggered more »

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Hungarian Jews ask Russia to Return Looted Scrolls

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From Y-Net News>> Budapest government backs Jewish community’s claim to receive thousands of religious items looted by Nazis, Red Army in World War II. Hungarian Jews have asked Russia to return scrolls and valuable religious items looted by Nazis and the Red Army in World War II and their claim has been backed by the Budapest government. Some 300 to 400 Torah scrolls and thousands of vestments, crowns and other articles are being held in museums and storage in Russia, said Slomo Koves, executive rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation. Seized by Nazi Germany during the war and then more »

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Jewish Groups Stage Anti-Nazi Rally in Budapest

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From the European Jewish Press >> Hungarian Jewish groups staged a demonstration in front of the parliament in Budapest to protest at anti-Semitic calls by an extreme-right politician last week to create a register of Hungarian Jews in the interests of “national security”. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Israel branch described the rally which attracted tens of thousands of participants Sunday as “the most important demonstration since Hungary became a democracy”, as well “the biggest blow to the Jobbik party since its inception”. Martin Gyongyosi of Jobbik was forced to apologise to his “Jewish compatriots”, after telling parliament more »

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