BUDAPEST, Hungary – A key Jewish organization in Hungary is calling for the cancellation of the unveiling of a statue of a Holocaust-era politician who supported anti-Semitic laws.
The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Religious Communities said Tuesday that Gyorgy Donath's support for the Holocaust made him unworthy of a statue even if he later became a victim of communism. Donath was executed in 1947 after a show trial based on trumped-up charges.
Former Prime Minister Peter Boross and an official from Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party are scheduled to speak at Wednesday's unveiling just a block from the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest.
In December, Hungary cancelled unveiling a statue to another anti-Semitic politician after complaints from Jewish groups and the United States.