Around 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished in World War II. Only 100,000 survived the Holocaust, mostly in Budapest. "Besides remembering the tragedy of the Hungarian Jewry the march highlights that human beings are all part of a big family, despite their different religions, beliefs, or orientations," said Orsolya Fekete, a volunteer at the event.
This year's march took place against a background of rising support for Jobbik, a party often accused of anti-Semitism, and now Hungary's second-largest party behind Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz. In a speech at the end of the procession, Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder called Jobbik an "extremist party that promotes hate".
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