Wiesenthal Center Denounces Neo-Nazi Celebration in City Forced to Halt Monument to Nazi Collaborator

February 5, 2016

The Simon Wiesenthal Center 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 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.

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