June 4th, 2013

Budapest mayor proposes withdrawal of anti-Semitic street name

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.

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  • Aloof


    • Leto مؤدّب

      I agree. 🙁

      • Ricsi

        For once so do I, give in always to the parasites and they will never back off.

  • Counterpoint

    So this is the way MAZSIHISZ recruits anti-semites.
    It would be nice to have a politician with the backbone to resist their silly demands. One more reason to vote Jobbik the next election.

  • Tom

    A fuckin’ streetname is politics…there’s big government for you.

  • Leto مؤدّب

    Adam Le Bor, a foreign journalist who used to live in Hungary (or still does?) and who because infamous for his “szadeszcretin” writings, tweeted:

    “Budapest mayor says no street name for anti-Semitic writer – how about one for Nobel Laureate Imre Kertesz instead?”

    My answer:
    No, thanks. Better luck for that in another country. Like he himself said, Imre Kertesz isn’t Hungarian.
    But you do insist please shoot Imre Kertész first so that he would be at least eligible for a street being named after. Streets can be named only after dead persons in Hungary. Apparently that’s not the case in LeBor’s native country.

    • Curious George

      But you’ve got a square named after Elvis, and, as everyone knows, he’s still alive somewhere. 🙂

      • Leto مؤدّب


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