Parliament on Monday approved three resolutions envisaging that all Hungarian students should visit memorial sites connected to totalitarian terror, including Auschwitz.
Under an opposition Socialist-initiated resolution the national curriculum should ensure that all Hungarian students in public education pay a visit to the memorial site and museum at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, or the Holocaust Memorial Centre of Budapest.
The resolution was backed by the governing parties and the Socialists and rejected by the radical nationalist Jobbik.
Another Socialist motion, which proposed reimbursement of the full cost of the visit for the schools, however, was rejected.
The co-ruling Christian Democrats’ proposal for similar visits to the Budapest House of Terror Museum was approved by all parliamentary parties, with independent MPs of the Democratic Coalition (DK) and the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party abstaining from the vote. In this case parliament asked the government to ensure the reimbursement of costs.
Jobbik proposed that all pupils should visit the one-time communist forced labour camp of Recsk, N Hungary. The motion was backed by all parliamentary parties, with PM lawmakers abstaining and DK deputies not participating in the vote.