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Holocaust remembered in Budapest

Budapest, April 16 (MTI) – Candles were lit in the Holocaust Memorial Centre of Budapest on Sunday to honour the 550,000-600,000 Hungarian Jews killed during the Holocaust.

The Hungarian Holocaust Day marks the 62nd anniversary of what is considered the start of the Holocaust in Hungary, when countryside Jews began to be rounded up in ghettos and deported to Nazi concentration camps on April 16, 1944. The day has been commemorated in Hungary since 2001.

On this occasion another 1,500 names were carved on the wall of martyrs, erected in the centre, to bring the total to about 100,000. The names of victims have been collected systematically since 1998.

Addressing the commemoration, historian Tamas Kovacs emphasised the need to rise up against all signs of anti-Semitism, racism and neo-Nazism, all forms of discrimination and human rights abuses.

The ceremony was attended by Speaker of Parliament Katalin Szili, Fidesz MP Janos Fonagy and Israeli Ambassador to Budapest David Admon.

After the commemoration in Pava Street Synagogue, the participants held a candle-lit walk along the Pest side of the Danube.