Pal Steiner, a lawmaker of the opposition Socialists, accused a radical nationalist MP of Holocaust denial and provocation in a parliamentary committee on Monday.
The constitutional affairs committee discussed an amendment proposal Steiner has co-authored that asks the education state secretary to draft a recommendation that all Hungarian students in public education should pay a visit to the memorial site and museum at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The motion also proposes ensuring the reimbursement of the full cost of the visit for the schools.
During the proposal’s debate in the committee, Tamas Gaudi-Nagy of Jobbik said his party rejected the proposal, saying that “there have been criticism over how accurately the memorial site may reflect reality.”
“The creation of the memorial site is in fact not without concerns,” said Gaudi-Nagy.
As a result of this, and also because of cost concerns, Jobbik rejects the proposal, he added.
Steiner said “even though Gaudi-Nagy has stated that he did not want to commit Holocaust denial, he has repeatedly been doing just that.”
The committee finally rejected the Socialist amendment proposal as the visit of the Auschwitz camp would make part of the national curriculum, as an option without state support, a ruling lawmaker said. Ruling Fidesz postponed the final vote on the draft proposal on visiting memorial places, including the Terror House Museum and the Nazi camp, on an educational basis.
Gaudi-Nagy made a similar statement about the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site during the general debate of a bill in late May. Antal Rogan, the group leader of ruling Fidesz then responded saying that nobody has the right to question the Holocaust, the suffering and death of millions of people.