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December 20, 2002
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The Hungarian Jewish writer who won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature will visit the concentration camp where he was held during World War II. In addition to his visit to Buchenwald next month, Imre Kertesz also plans to visit Israel and the United States. Kertesz, who won the prize for his Holocaust novels, was officially invited to Israel during a ceremony Thursday at the Israeli Embassy in Budapest. In addition, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), himself a Holocaust survivor, recently visited Budapest and invited Kertesz to come to the United States. Commenting on the anti-Semitism that is still prevalent in Hungary, Lantos said, “the Hungarian far-right obviously has learned nothing about the lesson of the Holocaust, and perhaps Imre Kertesz’s global recognition will focus attention on this issue in Hungary.”

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