Monday, April 13, 2015

Thousands March in Hungary for Holocaust Dead; Jews Parade as Anti-Semitic Party Jobbik Prevails

Hungary's annual March of the Living -- which is held in remembrance of the victims of the holocaust -- was attended by thousands in Budapest yesterday, the Euro News website reports today (April 13, 2015).

Some 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the Nazi concentration camps, most of them in 1944. Today, the country's Jewish community numbers around 100,000.

This year's rally took place amid rising support for Jobbik, a party often accused of anti-Semitism, and which is now Hungary's second-largest party behind Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz.

President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder -- who was in Budapest for the march -- warned that ruling Fidesz was leaving a vacuum which Jobbik was attempting to fill: "Jobbik has a role to play that Fidesz and the socialists are not doing. And that is a dangerous game. Because this is very very much like other right wing parties in the past had risen. And then once they got in power, changed everything."

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