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GULYÁS DISMISSES REPORTS SUGGESTING SCHMIDT OUT OF HOUSE OF FATES PROJECT

 

The government “continues to rely on both participants” to contribute to the final concept of Budapest’s House of Fates Holocaust museum, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told MTI.Gulyás reacted to press reports published on Tuesday, which suggested that Mária Schmidt, head of the Central and Eastern European History and Society Research Foundation, was no longer in the contested project. He said that a decree passed by the government last year is still effective, under which the project should be jointly completed by Schmidt’s foundation and Jewish community EMIH.

Gulyás insisted that completion of the project required “national and international agreement” without “ignoble attacks on Hungary because the government wishes to pay due tribute to the Holocaust and its child victims”. The government’s goal is “to create a historically accurate exhibition presenting the loss and pain of the Hungarian nation”, Gulyás said, adding that the draft concept of the museum was presented to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance on Tuesday.