Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hungarian Jews March in Memory of Holocaust

Thousands of people today joined Hungary's annual "March of Life" commemorating the Holocaust, as World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder denounced the country's far-right Jobbik party as "extremist". Over 10,000 people took part in the march according to an AFP photographer at the scene. "The march is for all those people, family members, relatives, friends who didn't survive the Holocaust and for all those who did," Erzsi Molnar, 50, a child of survivors, told AFP.
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".

See also
On Post-Fascism: How citizenship is becoming an exclusive privilege by G. M. Tamás
Rastko Mocnik: Inside the identity state - Two types of fascist politics

Yudit Kiss grew up a communist in Budapest, soaking up her father's ideology unquestioningly. As a child she is puzzled when others refer to her as Jewish; she only knows that her family doesn't believe in God.