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  • Hungarian Survivors Reach Deal with Government over ‘gold Train’

    Hungarian Holocaust survivors who sued the U.S. government are prepared to settle for a fraction of the worth of looted property they say U.S. troops mishandled after the war. Survivors were not “overjoyed” by Monday’s deal in the “Gold Train” case, said one of the lead plaintiffs, Alex Moskovic. Still, they were glad to bring… More ▸

  • Hungarian Actress Recognized by Yad Vashem for Saving Jews

    Katalin Karady, one of the most popular actresses in Hungary in the 1940s, has been recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial as a Righteous Gentile for her efforts to save Jews during World War II. The award ceremony was organized by the Israeli Embassy in Hungary and held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences… More ▸

  • In Hungary, Debate on Hate Speech Has Historical and Political Overtones

    United in their abhorrence of anti-Semitic and racist views, Hungarian liberals increasingly are at odds over the issue of hate speech and the wisdom of seeking to eliminate it through strict laws. Such a step would move Hungary closer to stringent European standards and away from the country’s American-oriented approach to free speech. The latest… More ▸

  • Hungarian Literati Divided by Salvo That Ignited Anti-semitic Firestorm

    When Hungarian writer Kornel Dobrentei implied at a right-wing rally earlier this year that Jews were imposing a moral Holocaust on Hungary, didn’t just spark one of the ugliest anti-Semitic episodes the country has seen in years. He also shook up Hungary’s literati. Since that rally in January, more than 160 writers have resigned from… More ▸

  • Debate over Budapest Museum Overshadowed by Terrorist Threat

    It has just been inaugurated, but Budapest’s new, state-run Holocaust Memorial Center already is stirring up a society that has yet to deal fully with its Holocaust history. A terrorism scare on the eve of Israeli President Moshe Katsav’s arrival for Thursday’s ceremony added further controversy to the opening of a facility that has been… More ▸

  • Jewish Landmark Reached in Budapest As a New Orthodox Rabbi is Ordained

    An Orthodox rabbi was ordained in Budapest this week in what was described as the first such ceremony since the Holocaust. Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu and one of Russia’s two chief rabbis, Berel Lazar, attended the ordination Tuesday of Shlomo Koves at Budapest’s Chabad Lubavitch synagogue. Eliahu and Lazar joined Rabbi Baruch Oberlander,… More ▸

  • Construction Starts in Budapest on $13 Million Holocaust Center

    Groundbreaking took place here this week for Hungary’s first Holocaust museum and education center. The center, to be built at an estimated cost of $13 million, is expected to be completed in April 2004, according to the president of the foundation establishing the center, Tibor Vamos. The museum, he said, will include a memorial to… More ▸

  • Eager to Dispel Bad Image, Officials in Hungary Meet with Jewish Groups

    Eight months after Hungary’s right-wing government was ousted, the new leadership is trying to rehabilitate the image of a country suffering from an upsurge in anti-Semitic rhetoric and incidents. A top police official was dismissed soon after a Dec. 4 incident in which some 100 skinheads were given permission to demonstrate in a Budapest square… More ▸