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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Saturday opened Budapest’s new Kertész Imre Institute.
In his opening address, the prime minister said that “Kertész, a man of vast intellect, could not be labelled in a single category and it was no question that his legacy should be in Budapest, rather than in Berlin, because this was his city”.
Orbán included several quotes by Kertész in his address, and said that “anti-Semitism is contagion, an ideological epidemic, a pastime for filthy souls that turns into murder”, and criticised Hungary’s Left for “running an anti-Semite” in Sunday’s interim parliamentary election in Tiszaújváros, in northeastern Hungary. The prime minister also quoted Kertész as saying that “a species of animal called a multicultural society doesn’t exist”. According to Kertész, Orbán said, the problems of European civilisation should be resolved within that very civilisation because “imported solutions won’t work, whether it is ideology or people”. “A liberal spirit, originally all good intentions, have led intellectuals to nihilism and the masses to uncertainty through the faithlessness of the postmodern,” he said.