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Old June 20th, 2013 #101
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BUDAPEST — Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.

László Csatáry was found guilty in absentia [by a Communist court in the former Czechoslovakia] in 1948 of "whipping or torturing Jews" and helping to deport them to the [wartime internment site] while serving as police commander in the [Hungarian]-occupied eastern Slovak city of Kosice in 1944.
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Hungary’s Jewish community is ready to strike back against anti-Semites with the same methods with which they may be attacked, local community leader Gusztav Zoltai said.

Speaking with The Jerusalem Post at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem last week, the executive director of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz), said that thus far, most attacks on his community have been verbal in nature.

“Until this moment, we have [had] verbal attacks so we strike back with words, but we have more than words,” Zoltai said. The local Jewish population, including Holocaust survivors such as himself, he said “are not frightened.”

“We are strong and if we have to, we will strike back,” he asserted.

Zoltai said that there is now a “new generation” in Hungary that is “strong” and “self-confident” and who will “never let themselves be treated like they treated us during the Holocaust.”

While anti-Semitism has largely been restricted to vandalism and verbal attacks, violence is not completely unknown in Hungary. In April, Ferenc Orosz, the head of the Raoul Wallenberg Association, was beaten while attempting to silence fans at a soccer match who were chanting Sieg Heil.

Zoltai added that Hungary and the Conference of Material Claims Against Germany are on the verge of signing a new agreement after the government froze money transfers to the Holocaust restitution organization due to what it said was improper accounting for the distribution of the funds granted.

Hungary pledged $21 million in 2007 to Hungarian Holocaust survivors to be distributed over five years, in part by the Claims Conference. A new settlement was to be signed last year before Budapest’s decision to freeze money transfers.

Budapest also sought the return of $12.6m. that the government said it gave the Claims Conference. The Claims Conference said it only received $8m. for distribution among Hungarian Holocaust survivors living outside that country.

The money was transferred initially from the treasury to the Jewish Heritage of Hungary Public Endowment, or Mazsok, a committee of government officials and Jewish representatives. Last year the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice said that based on the report submitted by the Claims Conference to date, “it is impossible to identify the individuals eligible for compensation.”

Government spokesman Ferec Kumin asserted in September that the issue at stake was “the need to provide complete and transparent accounting on the use of public monies. Plain and simple.”

“The Government of Hungary is firmly committed to providing restitution to Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust,” he wrote on his blog.

The Claims Conference, according to an email sent to JTA, gave Budapest a 400-page report containing the names of all recipients and how much they received.

“Every penny was transferred to a Hungarian survivor, not even one cent was spent on administration or any other expense,” the Claims Conference said.

According to Zoltai, the new deal could be signed before the end of the week and would ease the rift, allowing for the continuation of disbursement of restitution monies to the shrinking pool of elderly survivors.

Zoltai says that the problem comes down to a simple problem of mistaken identities.

“The Claims Conference did not make this money disappear,” he said. Rather, the Claims Conference’s list of survivors in Israel did not match the list of survivors held by the Hungarian government due to refugees arriving in Israel Hebraicizing their names.

“They could not identify the persons. That was the problem,” he said.

Once a new contract is signed, Zoltai said, “all the survivors will get their money.” Time is of the essence, he said, as “there are less and less survivors alive.”

The Claims Conference held up the final agreement, Zoltai said, and kept stipulating “newer and newer conditions.”

Speaking with the Post, György Szabó, president of the Mazsok, stated that the agreement is ready to be implemented and that it is just “waiting for signatures and everything will be completed.”

Upon completion of the agreement, Mazsok will transfer $5.6m. to the Claims Conference “so they can provide funds to Hungarian Holocaust survivors living in the Diaspora.” The negotiations, he said, took five months but all outstanding issues have been resolved and he expects the document to be signed by Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Claims Conference declined to discuss the deal, telling the Post that “as soon as anything is finalized we will announce it.”

The Hungarian Prime Minister’s office did not reply to a request for comment.
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How much do you want to bet that Hungary is going to get the 9-11 treatment and then the Kosavo/Sreb treatment from the jewish swine and their goy meat sheilds?
 
Old July 4th, 2013 #104
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Before the EP debate on Tuesday State Secretary Peter Szíjjártó submitted a memorandum to the President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz. In the document the Hungarian government provided concrete examples of positive discrimination of the Jewish and gypsy minorities and of the persecution of patriotic Hungarians to appease the head of the assembly.
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Old July 5th, 2013 #105
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Jobbik and Fidesz are the most popular parties among university and college students, according to “Aktív Fiatalok Magyarországon Kutatócsoport” spring survey.

Among university and college students Jobbik garnered 17.3 percent support. Fidesz is in second place with 16 percent support; followed by Egyutt 2014 with 13.7 percent, the LMP with 7.7 percent, the socialist party with 3.1 percent and the Gyurcsany led democratic coalition with 1 percent support.
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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the banning of a Hungarian far-right nationalist group by a Budapest court was legal.

The Strasbourg-based ECHR decided that the dissolution of the Magyar Gárda organisation did not violate Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, relating to freedom of assembly and association.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/09/b...gal-says-echr/
 
Old July 15th, 2013 #107
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Recent survey conducted among Hungarians in Vojvodina shows that among decided voters Fidesz leads by 82 percent support; Jobbik is second by 13 percent support.

Fringe party support among Vojvodina Hungarians is insignificant: LMP garnered 3 percent support, the Hungarian Communist party, currently called Labour Party and the Gyurcsany led Democratic Coalition received 1 percent support of decided voters.
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Hungary wants to sever IMF connections

15/07 17:57 CET

Asserting its economic sovereignty, Hungary plans to pay back an IMF loan early and wants the fund to shut its office in Budapest.

Hungary’s ability to avoid the austerity programmes forced on many of its European neighbours will be the main selling point when the government bids for re-election next year.

Central bank governor Gyorgy Matolcsy has written to IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde to say Hungary is considering an early repayment of the money it still owes from a 2008 loan that saved the country from bankruptcy.

Relations between Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government and the Fund have been strained since he rejected closer IMF scrutiny of his economic policies and launched unorthodox moves that included Europe’s highest bank tax and so-called “crisis taxes” on business, which have see international investment fall..

By issuing the country’s first international bond since 2011 in February, Orban demonstrated he could go it alone by borrowing on global financial markets.

Central bank chief Matolcsy, who is Orban’s former economy minister, said he would initiate closure of the IMF’s resident representative office in Budapest, saying it was “not necessary to maintain” any longer.


http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/15/h...mfconnections/


A good move, even though Hungary is already too integrated in the globalist power structure, meaning that it will not be able to resist alone.
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Hungary: Orbán wasteland

Posing as a Hungarian freedom fighter, Viktor Orbán has railed against his country's chief investors: Germany and the EU

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...steland-leader



If Orban continues he will be toppled at the next election, if not then we may see another forced 'colour revolution'.

Of course if all else fails there is always the possibility of a Smolensk type accident, only it will be no accident.
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Old July 23rd, 2013 #110
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Jobbik proposes that Hungary should grant asylum to Edward Snowden and involve him in clarifying the details of the surveillance activities he revealed - Zsolt Németh told the Hungarian News Agency on Sunday.
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Four jailed for neo-Nazi killing spree that terrified Hungary's Roma



By Marton Dunai

BUDAPEST | Tue Aug 6, 2013 12:41pm BST

(Reuters) - A Hungarian court jailed four neo-Nazis on Tuesday for killing Roma families in a spree of racist violence in 2008 and 2009 that shocked the country and led to accusations that police had failed to protect an historically persecuted minority.

The gang killed six Roma and wounded several others in carefully planned attacks across the country over 13 months, creating a climate of fear for members of Hungary's largest ethnic minority. Roma, who make up about 7 percent of the population of 10 million, face widespread discrimination and often live in dire poverty.

Three men were jailed for life without parole and a fourth for 13 years, also without parole. The ruling can be appealed.

Judge Laszlo Miszori said the perpetrators saw themselves as vigilantes imposing "an ethnic-type solution" in revenge for crimes committed by Roma.

"To carry out their plans first they bought arms, then began to 'reinstall order', meaning armed attacks in places where Roma had committed crimes against Hungarians," the judge said.

In one of the attacks, several men set fire to a house at the edge of the dusty village of Tatarszentgyorgy, near a forest 30 minutes from Budapest, late at night on February 22, 2009.

When the inhabitants fled the burning building, the attackers shot dead Robert Csorba, a 29-year-old Roma man, and his 4-year-old son Robert Jr. A girl was also seriously wounded. The assailants fled.

Robert's mother Erzsebet Csorba told Reuters on the eve of the verdict that she looked forward to the closing of a chapter but had no faith it would deliver full justice, bring safety or ease tension between Roma and other Hungarians.

"It's just like it was four years ago," she said in Tatarszentgyorgy, seated on a stool below portraits of her slain son and grandson in the house where she lives next door to the charred remains of the building where they were killed.

"It might be harder for us because of all the heartache that made us numb to life, but we can't seem to get out of this racism, this poverty."

Peace of mind has been elusive. Strangers still come through the woods late at night and stalk her house, she said.

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Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog, who is responsible for Roma inclusion, said the verdict "strengthens my belief that no perpetrators of racist crimes can escape the law in Hungary, and especially savage murderers pay a worthy penalty for their deeds".

"This is not a question of minority or majority: this is a question of human dignity," he said in a statement.

Police documents showed that the authorities dragged their feet in investigating the Tatarszentgyorgy attack, although the earlier killings had already unleashed fear throughout the Roma community for months.

The last attack in the spree occurred six months later when a young Roma woman was killed in eastern Hungary, after which the perpetrators were finally caught.

Roma have lived in Hungary for centuries and are now scattered mainly in rural areas in the northeast and south of the country.

The collapse of heavy industry after communism in 1989 hit the Roma hard. Unemployment is widespread, generations of Roma have grown up poor and illiterate, and some have resorted to petty crime to make ends meet.

Hostility towards them among many other Hungarians has helped fuel the rise of the far-right Jobbik party, which vilifies the Roma openly and won 17 percent of votes for parliament in 2010, becoming the third biggest party.

Some of that resentment could be felt in Tatarszentgyorgy's convenience store, where a question about the Roma drew knowing stares from shoppers, who complained that Roma lived on welfare, engaged in crime and had more children than they could afford. [In other words, Roma are Europe's version of niggers]

In his ruling, the judge said two of the killers, brothers Arpad and Istvan Kiss, had attended a swearing-in ceremony of a nationalist vigilante group set up set up by Jobbik, the Hungarian Guard, but had decided to embark on their own plans for attacks after concluding the group was ineffectual.

Back in 2009, the funeral of the slain Csorbas, father and son, was seen as an opportunity to encourage understanding between Roma and other Hungarians. Celebrities attended the service, but their presence did little to change attitudes, said Szilvia Varro, an activist who helped organise the funeral.

"We failed to make the case part of our shared history," she said. "Hungary typically suffers from a ghetto-like mentality in this way; there are our dead and their dead, and it's very hard to bridge that divide."

With another parliamentary election due next year, the Roma issue is becoming hot again, said Varro.

Her advocacy group Communication Centre X (XKK) released a series of video clips last month with well-known Hungarian actors reciting excerpts from the trial testimony, describing the killings while blood stains are shown spreading over them.

"The ruling is a good opportunity to reintroduce the issue," Varro said. "We filmed emotionally charged scenes because we wanted Hungarian viewers to feel it could have been their kids."

(Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Peter Graff)

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Jews instructed Budapest Mayor István Tarlós to block naming a public place in the second district of Budapest after Hungarian writer Cécile Tormay

Thursday, May 30, 2013



Budapest Mayor István Tarlós called for the renegotiation of the proposal that recommended to name a street in the second district of Budapest after one of the greatest Hungarian writers Cécile Tormay said the Communication Director of the Mayor's Office Mária Somlyó Szűcs on Thursday.

The mayor citing the Local Government Act as a basis for the renegotiation of the proposal. The law states that if the mayor finds the decision of the representative body of the local self-government offensive he can call for the renegotiation of the proposal.

In the mean time, the mayor called on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to comment on the issue.

Budapest City Council Wednesday's decision called for the renaming of a street after Hungarian writer Cécile Tormay, which outraged "MAZSIHISZ" (Jewish umbrella organization).

Jews call Cécile Tormay an antisemite because she wrote in plain language about the role of Jews in the 1919 Bolshevik coup.

Cécile Tormay's book “BUJDOSÓ KÖNYV” can be downloaded in PDF format (in Hungarian) from here!!!

(alfahir.hu – hungarianambiance.com)

http://www.hungarianambiance.com/201...or-istvan.html
 
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Hungary Pledges Funds for Auschwitz Upkeep

Hungary pledges $160,000 towards the upkeep of the Auschwitz death camp, following criticism that it was stalling on funds.

Hungary said on Wednesday it will contribute 120,000 euros ($160,000) towards the upkeep of the Auschwitz death camp, following criticism that it was stalling on funds, AFP reported.

In May, Piotr Cywinski, the head of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation which maintains the memorial site, told the French newspaper Le Monde that Hungary was reluctant to help pay for the preservation of the former camp.

Of the 1.1 million people killed in what has become an enduring symbol of the Holocaust, 400,000 were Hungarians, Cywinski said.

But while countries like Israel and France and even Australia or Turkey pledged money for the site's upkeep, Budapest put off promising any aid, citing the economic crisis, he added, according to AFP.

Wednesday's announcement was made by the foreign ministry.

So far, 23 countries have promised a combined 100 million euros to the Foundation, according to its website, with Germany providing the lion's share of 60 million euros, followed by the United States, Poland and Austria.

Next year, the Hungarian government is organizing a Holocaust Memorial Year to commemorate the start of the mass deportations of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in 1944, reported AFP.

The Holocaust claimed the lives of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews. The country's Jewish community, thought to number at least 100,000, remains one of the biggest in Europe.

In July, the Hungarian government announced a deal with an American-based Holocaust restitution organization on reparations for Hungarian survivors living abroad, ending a year-long row over transparency and a freeze of payments to survivors.

Hungary signed a five-year agreement with the Claims Conference in 2007 for the distribution of $21 million (16 million euros) to Hungarian Holocaust survivors but broke off talks on an extension of the agreement last year.

Earlier this week, 98-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect Laszlo Csatary died while awaiting trial.

Csatary died of pneumonia in a Hungarian hospital after suffering from a number of medical problems, his lawyer said. He allegedly helped deport 15,700 Jews to death camps during the spring of 1944.

Csatary was named in 2012 by the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center as its most wanted suspect. Slovakia was seeking his extradition from Hungary so it could formally sentence him.

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Chicago court rejects Holocaust claims against Hungary’s central bank, says ministry

A court in Chicago has rejected a case against the National Bank of Hungary and Hungarian state railways MAV filed by Holocaust survivors and their heirs seeking compensation for property of victims of the Holocaust, the National Development Ministry said on Saturday.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said the plaintiffs must first seek legal recourse in Hungary, before they do so in the United States.

The court did not accept the plaintiffs’ arguments that Hungarian courts are not independent and could not ensure a just procedure. It said the claim was based on “pure speculation”, the ministry said in a statement.

The statement said the lawsuit was initiated in the United States in 2010.

In connection with the case that has been going on for years, Hungary has consistently stated that its legal system allows appropriate remedy and compensation for Holocaust survivors, the statement said.

Chicago court rejects Holocaust claims against Hungary?s central bank, says ministry | Politics.hu
 
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Gov’t to back Holocaust Memorial Year civil initiatives


The government will set up a 1.5 billion forint (EUR 5m) fund to promote civil and municipal initiatives concerning the Holocaust Memorial Year of 2014, Laszlo L. Simon, head of parliament’s cultural and press committee, said on Monday.

The initiatives will be designed to familiarise the public with the objectives of the memorial year, help society face the past and mobilise the civil sphere, Simon told a news conference.

The fund will support commemorations of the Hungarian Holocaust, which claimed 550,000 to 600,000 lives, and programmes to feature Jewish traditions and the losses suffered by local communities due to deportations to Nazi death camps in 1944.

It will also finance exhibitions and scholarships associated with the memorial year, he said.

http://www.politics.hu/20130930/govt...l-initiatives/
 
Old October 1st, 2013 #117
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Hungary recognizes involvement in Holocaust, vows to fight anti-Semitism

Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics said the country’s leaders recognize Hungarian involvement in the Holocaust and vowed the state will combat anti-Semitism and racism.

“We know that we were responsible for the Holocaust in Hungary. We know that Hungarian state interests were responsible,” he said Tuesday at the opening session of “Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism,” a two-day international conference in Budapest sponsored by the Tom Lantos Institute.

More than 550 people from more than 50 countries attended the meeting in Hungary’s parliament building. The conference focused mainly on the political aspects of Jewish life, anti-Semitism and the fight against anti-Semitism.

Participants gave a standing ovation to Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos when he described his government’s crackdown on the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party. Navracsics was standing in for Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who conference organizers said could not attend because he was recovering from a recent injury.

Several speakers, including Hungarian Foreign Minister Zsolt Nemeth, noted the significance of a conference taking place in the very hall where Hungarian legislators passed anti-Semitic laws decades ago. In his address, Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor thanked Nemeth for voicing strong support for Israel.

Speakers stressed the need for education to help combat Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. To this end, the Hungarian government has declared 2014 as Holocaust Remembrance Year, with an array of initiatives marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of at least 450,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in 1944.

Mor and Hungarian Jewish leader Andras Heisler stressed the importance of a new national high school curriculum that will teach about Jewish history and the Holocaust. The curriculum is being developed in consultation with the Jewish community, the Israeli embassy and Jewish educators.


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Hungary drops plan to name street after antisemitic author Cécile Tormay

Proposal to honour Cécile Tormay viewed as attempt to redefine the country's culture and promote a nationalistic agenda



Hungarian writer Cécile Tormay has a statue in Pest but plans to name a street after her provoked criticism.

There is an Elvis Presley Park and a John Paul II Square. There are streets named after footballers and actors, as well as others named after more unsavoury characters from the past.

But Hungary's newfound zeal for renaming its public spaces has run into trouble after a plan to honour an antisemitic writer with her own street prompted criticism of the government's name game.

Budapest council has now cancelled a resolution to name a street after Cécile Tormay, an interwar writer and Mussolini fan twice nominated for the Nobel prize for literature.

She already has a statue in the heart of Pest, the eastern half of Budapest, but plans to give her a street as well stirred up animosity triggered by the dominant centre-right government's perceived attempts to redefine Hungarian culture.

"These are part of very sweaty attempts to create a new canon of Hungarian culture," said film director András B Vágvölgyi. "They are desperately trying to find something that is not there, ie decent rightwing writers and cultural figures.

"It's different in France, for example, where Louis-Ferdinand Céline was a Nazi collaborator but wrote Journey to the End of the Night and was a fine writer."



Elvis Presley Park in Budapest.

The renaming of public areas has historically accompanied regime change in Hungary and the governing Fidesz party proclaimed a "polling booth revolution" after its achieved a landslide election victory in 2010. Government opponents say the rechristenings are part of a larger cultural overhaul spearheaded by prime minister Viktor Orban, who is in London this week meeting David Cameron, and his culture chief, György Fekete. The accusation is that they are pushing an anti-pluralistic, non-critical and nationalistic agenda.

Among the contentious figures now on the map are writers and alleged war criminals Albert Wass and József Nyírö, alongside the less divisive, such as 1950s footballer Nándor Hidegkuti and actor Imre Sinkovits. Names forced to make way have included Köztársaság tér (Republic Square), Moszkva tér (Moscow Square), Roosevelt tér and Ságvári Endre utca, a street named after a communist resistance leader who was gunned down by a military policeman during the Arrow Cross rule towards the end of the second world war.

Ferenc Kumin, international communications under-secretary for Fidesz, denies any conscious connection between the word Republic being dropped from the country's official name and Köztársaság tér being rechristened after John Paul II.

Bálint Ablonczy, a journalist at the pro-government Heti Válasz, said Tormay was popular in her day, but concedes: "Any reasonable literary historian would at best consider her a second-rate author." Kumin notes that "Tormay was nominated for the Nobel prize in 1936, while Nyírö and Wass received Baumgarten awards for their work".

On the deletion choices, Ablonczy said: "It is a completely legitimate expectation that there shall be no street names advocating the glory of a failed totalitarian regime in Hungary 25 years later." Councils all over the country agree, with scores of Lenin, Karl Marx and Red Star streets being renamed after local figures.

However, Vágvölgyi said it was not Hungary's socialist past but its liberal heritage that was being unfairly sidelined. "Fidesz's vision of culture is: 'do something different from the leftwing', and because socialism had a similar level of bad taste, its major foe is liberalism, the bourgeois radical writers of the 20s and 30s, the filmmakers. With writers like Tormay and Nyírö there is a competence problem: they aren't very good writers, a moral problem: they were Nazis and an aesthetic problem: it's bad taste."
The Budapest mayor, István Tarlós, has suspended the naming of public areas until after next year's local elections.

And how did an unnamed green Buda corner come to be known as Elvis Presley Park? Vágvölgyi said: "Elvis dedicated Peace in the Valley to the 200,000 Hungarian revolution refugees then in Austria on The Ed Sullivan Show in January 1957 and we bought the rights to it to use in my film Kolorádó Kid. So when Tarlós (who stated he has never owned a Presley record) suggested the idea and mentioned the song the following year, my friends blamed it on me."

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More than two decades after the fall of communism, the prosecution of Bela Biszku became possible under a law that stipulates war crimes and crimes against humanity do not lapse.

The 2011 law, pushed through by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling center-right Fidesz party, allows for the prosecution of crimes committed under the communist dictatorship.

The Budapest prosecutors said Biszku, 92, was charged over his role on a committee of the Communist Party involved in ordering the shootings of civilians during protests in Budapest and in the town of Salgotarjan in December 1956.

"The Budapest Prosecutor's Office has today submitted to the Budapest Court of Justice an indictment in the criminal proceedings launched against Bela Biszku for war crimes and other crimes," the prosecution said in a statement.

The maximum sentence for war crimes, which they said Biszku had committed as an abettor, is life imprisonment.

Biszku, who was detained last year, is also charged with keeping ammunition without permission after 11 pieces were seized during a search of his home in September 2012.

The 1956 uprising was a nationwide revolt against the Soviet-backed government in Budapest and its policies and represented the first major threat to Moscow's control of eastern Europe since the end of World War Two.

Despite the crushing of the uprising, it had a lasting impact on how the communist regimes of eastern Europe were perceived and played a role in the collapse of Soviet rule across the region more than three decades later.

Large numbers of civilians were killed or arrested during the suppression of the uprising. Its figurehead Imre Nagy was executed for treason in 1958 for establishing a government in defiance of Moscow's rule over eastern Europe.

In the eastern Hungarian town of Salgotarjan, 46 people were shot dead, including women and children, the prosecutors said in their statement.

Prosecutors said last year, at the time of Biszku's detention, that he had denied the accusations.

He served as Hungary's interior minister from 1957 to 1961.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than, editing by Gareth Jones)
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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on Tuesday, October 15, condemned a legislator of the influential far-right opposition for using "anti-Semitic "rhetoric" in relation to the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Year.

Fidesz told BosNewsLife that Előd Novák, of the Jobbik party, used the Parliament's Committee on Cultural and Press Affairs on October 14 to question the government's measures to convert Budapest's unused Józsefváros train station into a Holocaust memorial.

Novák also criticized the establishment of a civil fund for the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Holocaust next year, saying the memorial events were part of a "holocaust industry" and a "waste of public money".

Hungarys center-right government plans to make 1.5 billion forints ($6.9 million) available through tenders to fund local memorials on the 70th anniversary. However, "We firmly reject the extremist statements made by the member of Parliament," said Fidesz legislator László L. Simon, who chairs the Parliament's cultural and press committee.

Simon told BosNewsLife in a statement that the Jobbik representative "spoke against these plans and as such has violated the memory of those of our compatriots who fell victim to the Holocaust."

INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE

The rightist Fidesz of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has come under international pressure to distance itself from Jobbik ahead of next year's upcoming parliamentary elections. At least 600,000 Hungarian Jews are believed to have died in World War Two, when Hungary was a close ally of Nazi Germany.

Some far-right politicians have defended the decision by Hungary's wartime leader Miklós Horthy to cooperate with the Nazis, saying this ensured that Hungarians received back lands that were taken under the Treaty of Trianon after World War One.

Yet, "The tragedies of the Hungarian people, such as the decision at Trianon and the Holocaust, cannot be set in opposite corners and cannot be played off against each other," explained Simon.

"The dignified remembrance of the Holocaust, in contrast to Előd Novák's statements, is not designed to strengthen a feeling of collective guilt, but instead contributes to ensuring that similar tragedies cannot occur in future," he added.

"We regard it as unacceptable and outrageous for openly anti-Semitic statements to be made in Parliament or at the meetings of any of its committees, and we shall continue to take decisive action against such manifestations in future," Simon said.

MORE INCIDENTS

This isn't the first incident in Hungary's Parliament, where Europe's first antisemitic laws were introduced in the 1920s.

Last year, a prominent legislator of Jobbik suggested to draw up lists of Jews "who pose a "national security risk".

Jobbik's Marton Gyöngyösi said the lists were needed following the brief conflict in Gaza and should include members of parliament.

The party is also linked to paramilitary groups marching through Roma villages that rights activists say are contributing to an atmosphere of hatred in which Jewish people, including a prominent rabbi, were physically or verbally attacked, Israeli flags torched and Holocaust monuments vandalized.

In one of the latest known cases, bars of soap were nailed to the fence of the main synagogue in Szeged, Hungary's third-largest city, on September 17, following allegations that Nazis made soap out of the victims of concentration camps.

NO COALITION

Despite Jobbik's influence as the third largest political party here, Hungarian State Secretary Zsolt Németh told BosNewsLife earlier this month that his ruling Fidesz party won't seek a coalition with Jobbik, whatever the outcome of the 2014 elections. "I cannot speak for the government, but as a member of Fidesz I can say that will not happen," he said.

Yet controversy remains over Fidesz involvement in memorials for Hungary's perceived anti-Semitic wartime Regent Horthy. Deputy Speaker of Parliament Sándor Lezsák, a Fidesz politician, attended last month's ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Horthy's reburial on Hungarian soil.

"I lived ofcourse under Horty's rule in Hungary," said Annette Lantos, the widow of Tom Lantos, the first Holocaust survivor to be ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She narrowly survived Jews-hating Hungarian fascists.

"I have seen how Horthy sold out to the Nazis in 1944," when most Hungarian Jews were massacred, she told BosNewsLife at a recent conference on anti-Semitism in Budapest.

"He did not retire and did not renounce what was happening. So in view of his record and the way he totally sold out Hungary, the efforts to rehabilitate Horthy are deplorable," she added.

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