Simon Wiesenthal Center Questions Hungary’s Fitness to Lead International Holocaust Body

May 8, 2014

“Hungary must choose whether it‘s committed to remembrance of the Holocaust or to the distortion of the Holocaust; it cannot have it both ways"

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called on the newly elected Hungarian government to clarify its commitment to remembrance and education of the Holocaust. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the SWC said: “Reports that the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture was going to Dóra Dúró, the wife of Jobbik militant and Holocaust denier Elod Novak (the couple, pictured together here), raise questions about Hungary’s commitment to accurate and appropriate remembrance of the Holocaust.

When Novak was asked last week why the couple does not take part in Holocaust commemoration events, he answered ‘we remember only genocides that actually happened’.”

"Coming on the heels of other actions by the Hungarian government that distort and whitewash the Holocaust in Hungary, these efforts raise legitimate questions about Hungary’s ability to Chair the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2015," Cooper said, adding, "Hungary must choose whether it’s committed to remembrance of the Holocaust or to the distortion of the Holocaust; it cannot have it both ways.

We strongly urge the 31 member nations of the IHRA to use next week’s IHRA Plenary in London to reexamine Hungary’s ability to Chair the IHRA in 2015.”

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