Hungarian writer Akos Kertesz has applied for refugee status in Canada, his press office told MTI in a statement on Sunday.
The statement confirmed reports published on the internet and said that 80-year-old Kertesz, holder of the prestigious Kossuth Prize, had left for Canada on February 29 to seek asylum in the country following a “campaign against him not only in the Budapest city council, where his honorary citizenship was withdrawn but at government level and in parliament as well”.
According to the statement, “the government’s media launched a witch hunt and fueled the extremists … he was subject to constant harassment and threats; he was attacked in the street and he thought his life was in jeopardy.”
Kertesz wrote in the US weekly Amerikai Nepszava on August 29 last year that Hungarians were genetically prone not to take responsibility for their actions.
“Hungarians are genetically subservient … They do not feel the slightest remorse for the gravest of historical crimes, they shift their responsibility to others and always put the blame on others … They are unable or unwilling to learn … they envy and, if possible, kill those who succeed in life through work, learning and innovation.”
The novelist, whose works have been published in several languages, also claimed that now only the Hungarians can be blamed for the Holocaust as the Hungarian nation remained the only one which, unlike the Germans, had failed to admit, confess and repent for their sins.