Israel’s ambassador to Hungary said this week that the anti-Semitic views of a leading Hungarian lawmaker recalled the period of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s.
Speaking at a ceremony honoring 19 Hungarians who helped save Jews during World War II, David Kraus condemned the views put forward by Istvan Csurka, deputy head of the country’s ruling political party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum.
Csurka has openly criticized Jews, warning that the “dwarf minority” is threatening to take over Hungary. His views have been carried in Magyar Forum, the newspaper of the Democratic Forum, and in a regularly scheduled Sunday radio program.
Kraus spoke at a ceremony at the Budapest Jewish Community Center recognizing non-Jewish Hungarians who helped Jews during the Holocaust.