June 14, 2012
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM STATEMENT ON HUNGARY
WASHINGTON, DC — “The Hungarian government’s rehabilitation of fascist ideologues and leaders from World War II is of great concern to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “It is both a grave insult to the memory of those who perished under the Horthy and Szalasi regimes and a deeply troubling sign for Jews and other minorities in Hungary. The history of the Holocaust in Hungary and throughout Europe starkly illustrates the dangers to Jews and everyone else of inciting or tolerating antisemitism, racism, and nationalism within societies. The recent trends in Hungary are alarming. The Museum calls on the leaders of Hungary to unequivocally renounce all forms of antisemitism and racism and to reject every effort to honor individuals responsible for the genocide of Europe’s Jews.”
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