Hungary Plans Memorial to German Occupation in Budapest

Members of the Hungarian Jewish community march in commemoration of the Holocaust. The country, however, has recently moved away from honestly reporting its involvement in the Shoah.

Members of the Hungarian Jewish community march in commemoration of the Holocaust. The country, however, has recently moved away from honestly reporting its involvement in the Shoah.

Noted Holocaust historian Randoph L. Braham is returning a high honor granted him by the Hungarian state. The action is a protest against what he called the government’s falsification of Holocaust history and attempts to whitewash Hungary’s role in the Holocaust. The Hungarian state news agency MTI on Sunday quoted a letter from Braham, 91, in which the Bucharest-born scholar, a Holocaust survivor and expert on the Holocaust in Hungary, said he was handing back the Cross of the Order of Merit “with a heavy heart” following recent developments in Hungary. He also said he would no longer permit the Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center to use his name for one its research departments.
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