A lawmaker of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party has called the Holocaust “part of Hungarian history.” Speaking during ceremonies in Budapest marking the country’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Zoltán Pokorni said: “Those who were killed were Hungarians and those who killed were also Hungarians.” Exhibition openings, conferences, and theater performances were held throughout the country in memory of the victims of the Shoah. Hungary marks its Holocaust Remembrance Day each year on April 16, the day in 1944 that Jews began to be forced into ghettos in Hungary. Within three months over 500,000 Jews were deported to extermination camps, including 440,000 Jews to Auschwitz, where every third victim was a Hungarian Jew. 600,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
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