Mayor Istvan Tarlos will propose the withdrawal of a decree to name a street in Budapest after early 20th century author Cecile Tormay at a city council meeting on June 12, daily Nepszava said on Tuesday.
The council of Budapest decided last week that a street should be named after Tormay in upmarket district 2. The opposition Socialists and several organisations including the Hungarian Jewish federation Mazsihisz and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) protested against the decision.
The Socialists were appalled and said that the governing Fidesz-Christian Democrat majority and radical national Jobbik wanted to pay tribute to the controversial author, Nepszava said.
In their statement they said that “Fidesz, in cahoots with Jobbik, has yet again named another public space after an anti-Semite in Budapest.”
Mazsihisz asked Tarlos to withdraw the naming decree and referred to Tormay as “openly anti-Semitic”. The federation expressed “shock” that on the 75th anniversary of the first anti-Jewish laws, the district was celebrating such a personality. Ronald S. Lauder, the head of the WJC, also expressed his “shock”.
The Budapest City Council confirmed to Nepszava that Tarlos would not wait for the opinion he had asked for by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the naming issue, but initiate withdrawing the decree next Wednesday.