Czech Holocaust survivors are calling for the dismissal of a controversial senior education official who led a far-right party.
The Terezin Initiative, an organization of former Jewish prisoners of Nazi concentration camps, says Ladislav Batora should be fired because of his links to the far right scene “infamous for its anti-Semitic and xenophobic” views.
Batora denies he’s an extremist. But he led a far-right party and praised an anti-Semitic book. He recently criticized U.S. ambassador Norman Eisen for his support of a gay pride parade in Prague.
Batora, the former director of the ministry’s human resources department is a deputy head of Education Minister Josef Dobes’ office.
The survivors also criticized President Vaclav Klaus on Tuesday for backing Batora.