Budapest’s Mayor Rejects Jibe from a Member of Parliament

Mayor Gabor Demszky of Budapest has rejected a complaint with anti-Semitic overtones by a popular writer and member of Parliament.

In fact, the mayor said he would bring legal action against Istvan Csurka, a leading figure in the powerful Hungarian Democratic Forum.

Csurka publicly criticized a Sunday morning radio program for favoring a plan to let the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem conduct research at the Hungarian National Archive.

He complained that it was being given preference over the Central Office of Compensation, for which no space was made available at the archive.

Csurka and his party colleagues have made a major issue of a recently passed law to compensate Hungarians for property nationalized by the former Communist regime, starting in 1949.

The writer-politician has been accused before of anti-Semitic innuendo. He has called for freeing the Hungarian press from “liberalism,” by which he means Jewish journalists.

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