January 24th, 2014

UN official says need to act against ethnic hatred as Hungarian Holocaust exhibition opens

The United Nations headquarters in New York opened an exhibition entitled A Remembrance of the Holocaust in Hungary: 70th Anniversary Exhibition, on Thursday evening local time.

The exhibition is part of the UN’s 2014 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Public Information at the United Nations, said it is extremely important to remember the unparalleled mass murder which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousand Hungarians, in order to successfully prevent that such events could ever happen again. An important lesson of the Holocaust is that it is necessary to take action against ethnic and religious hatred, including anti-Semitism.

Hungary’s UN Ambassador Csaba Korosi delivered the Hungarian government’s message that the Hungarian state had been guilty for the Holocaust firstly because it failed to protect citizens and secondly because it assisted in the mass murder and provided financial resources to it. The apology of the Hungarian state today must become part of national memory and identity, he added.

A message by Carl Lutz Foundation chairman Gyorgy Vamos was delivered by Maximilian Teleki, the head of the American Hungarian Coalition, because Vamos suffered a stroke two days before the opening event. He said history has shown that all forms of racism results only in tragedy.

Tom Lantos Foundation leader Katrina Lantos Swett said nearly 20,000 Jews were deported already in 1941, before the Nazi occupation of Hungary. She expressed outrage about historian Sandor Szakaly’s recent remarks according to which the deportation to Kamyanets-Podolsky of the first group from Hungary during WWII qualified as an “alien citizens’ procedure”. She said his remarks represented an unacceptable attempt to deny the “deep moral complicity” of the Hungarian government of the time. She noted that the Veritas Institute headed by Szakaly is receiving budget support in Hungary and called on the government to raise its voice against condemnable remarks and make the necessary steps to correct the current situation.

She expressed appreciation of Korosi, Hungarian Ambassador in Washington, DC Gyorgy Szapary, Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi and state secretary Zsolt Nemeth for raising their voice in protection of tolerance and minority protection.

Head of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation Tamas Fellegi said it is important to note that none of the mainstream parties in Hungary, on the right and on the left, are racist or anti-Semitic.

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  • MagyarViking

    Hungary’s UN Ambassador Csaba Korosi delivered the Hungarian government’s message that the Hungarian state had been guilty for the Holocaust firstly because it failed to protect citizens and secondly because it assisted in the mass murder and provided financial resources to it. The apology of the Hungarian state today must become part of national memory and identity, he added.

    Hear!, Hear!
    Sadly, as Tom Lantos Foundation leader Katrina Lantos Swett pointed out, Fidesz has a severe problem getting their members to agree with this

    (and when will hard-core self-appointed Fidesz-supporters like PutinPutaleto and Guru agree with this type of official statements from the Fidesz Government)

    • Reality Check

      But such a statement is empty as long as they go forward with the “occupation” monument.

      A continuation of the same game of one message to the international audience and another for domestic consumption.

      • MagyarViking

        Of course Fidesz are two-faced, but the we should always remind “Fidesz Hungary” about what “Fidesz International” is doing

        Now Fidesz is trying to claim that that new monster-statue has nothiong to with the Holocaust Rememberance…

  • Bowen

    Typical Fidesz.

    Act humble and apologetic abroad.

    Do the opposite for the domestic audience.

  • Democrat

    “Under-Secretary-General for Public Information at the United Nations”…so our “apology” was delivered to some second rate junior hack in the PR department.

  • Democrat

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/tv/hungary-apologises-its-role-holocaust-10359
    Here it is. No apology is made. He says it should be made, that this is an opportunity to make it and how it should be made. But there is no apology.

  • szebbjovot

    So now Jews a different ethnic group? I thought that according to our dear libturd friends, they were just Hungarians of a different religion?

  • Hungarian

    I count four Jews biting on the story as soon as the headline appears!
    You Jews are fast!

  • Standard

    Jewish special interest groups don’t let a day go by without reminding us that there’s an imminent danger of holocaust happening in Hungary. Of course they enjoy more protection and special privileges than another “ethnic group”, the Hungarians.
    Even if we wanted to have a pogrom or something, we could not pull it off, the Israeli and US military would bomb the crap out of us.
    I don’t advocate mass (or single) murder, persecution and discrimination, innocent people should be protected, regardless of their ethnicity or stupid religious beliefs. I prefer equal treatment for everyone, as long as they don’t violate the rights of others. What I resent is the current trend of discrimination against Hungarians in their own country in order to serve the unreasonable demands of minorities. Jews are especially stick out. Compared to their numbers, they have far too much influence, and instant media “uproar” for any minor incident they find “offensive”. Normal people would just laugh at these and dismiss them. Jewish pressure groups on the other hand cannot wait to get offended and get front page exposure to gather support from the clueless for their never ending jihad against “anti-semitism”.
    I’m getting sick of this, just like many other independent thinkers. Do you really believe that Jews are special and need extra protection (and more money), or is it the other way around, we need protection from the overwhelming Jewish influence.

  • szgp

    Fortunately for the Hungarian Jews, the U.N. is not entrusted with their protection.

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