Local and central government officials marked the memorial day for ethnic Germans expelled from Hungary after World War II in Budapest’s Békásmegyer neighbourhood on Sunday. Finance Minister Mihály Varga, who represents the neighbourhood’s district in parliament, said expelling the local Germans from their homes was a “shameful turn of historical events”. The Hungarian government and the Hungarian people reject all views and decisions based on collective guilt, he added. Varga and the district’s Socialist mayor, László Kiss, laid wreaths at a memorial plaque on the St Joseph Church in Békásmegyer. Parliament earlier declared January 19 the memorial day for ethnic Germans expelled from Hungary.