The Hungarian government’s plan to draw up a map of disabled people in the country with a view to returning 200,000 of them to the workforce resembles Nazi methods, an opposition Socialist politician told a news conference on Wednesday, branding the scheme as a “Mengele plan”.
Lajos Korozs, a member of the party’s board, likened the plan to conditions in the death camp Auschwitz, where “people without limbs were classed as suitable for work with a flick of the fingers”.
He said that the government’s Szell Kalman Plan for restructuring the economy targeted savings of 217 billion forints (EUR 76m) by returning hundreds of thousands of disabled people to the labour market. He claimed that dozens of disabled people or people with reduced abilities, who had been investigated by the state for their fitness to work, had been driven to suicide.
The party called on the government to apologise to people with reduced abilities and restore the system of disabled pensions which was scrapped from January this year.
Spokeswoman of the ruling Fidesz party Gabriella Selmeczi said Korozs had deeply offended Holocaust victims with his comparison, adding that the Socialist politician “had probably suffered from heat stroke” when he made the comments.