“The same applies to those that are ready to join forces with anti-Semitic and extremist political forces in the hope of gaining power,” Hungary’s ruling party said in a statement. “We must remember that anti-Semitism led to one of the most tragic periods of Europe and Hungary, causing the deaths of several million people,” the party said.
April 16 was declared the Memorial Day of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust by the first Fidesz government in 2000, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the first ghettos in 1944, it noted.
The co-ruling Christian Democrats said freedom and personal dignity must be protected “with all our strength”. In a statement, the Christian Democrats said it was “deeply painful to remember the period when our Jewish compatriots were persecuted, humiliated and many of them perished”. “Dictatorships must be prevented and our communities and nation must be protected,” the statement added. Those should also be remembered who stood by people in trouble during the period of persecution, the party said.