The leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) has filed a complaint against the director of a newly founded historical research institute who, DK said, had publicly denied a crime committed by the national socialist regime, the party told MTI on Monday.
Sandor Szakaly, head of the Veritas institute, told MTI in an interview last week that the deportation of the first group – some 10,000 people – from Hungary during WWII qualified as an “alien citizens’ procedure” because the deportees were not Hungarian citizens.
Szakaly’s remarks created a stir in Hungary, with both DK and the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) demanding that the director should resign or his appointment should be withdrawn.
“As the deported Jews were massacred by SS members, it was clearly a genocide committed by the national socialist regime,” DK said on Monday.
Citing historical studies, it said that Hungarian officials had also been involved in the massacre or had information about what fate the deportees would face.
In an ATV interview on Sunday, Szakaly apologised to “those whom he may have insulted” with the statement. He added that he might have been wrong.
The historian said that most of the 11,000 to 18,000 stateless people deported to Nazi-occupied Kamyanets-Podolsky in Soviet Ukraine had been killed by Ukrainian militiamen and German troops.
Set up recently, Veritas will start operation in February and focus on Hungary’s history between 1867 and 1990.