The Hungarian government has prepared a comprehensive program which it hopes can begin to reverse the trend of rising anti-Semitism in the country, exhibited most dramatically by the extreme right Jobbik party [which has 17 percent of the vote in Parliament] and whose members have called for a “list of Jews” to be drawn up.
Israel Hayom received an exclusive copy of the program, “Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year 2014,” which was prepared by a team in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office. The program was the brainchild of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is personally overseeing its implementation from his office.
In early May, Orban told the Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress that his government was determined to stamp out the rising anti-Semitism in his country.
According to Israel Hayom, “The program focuses on educating Hungarians about the Jewish communities that were lost during the Holocaust, through a yearlong series of events and visits across the county. Another central plank of the program, and one with longer-term implications, is to inculcate Holocaust education into every school in the country, making it mandatory for school children to visit a Holocaust memorial at least once during their school years. Furthermore, the government plans to open a Holocaust studies program for prospective public servants studying at the National University of Public Service.
“The central message of the program is that the ‘Holocaust was a national tragedy and not purely a tragedy of the Jewish people,’ in the hopes of enabling the Holocaust Memorial Year to achieve the widest possible impact within Hungarian society.”
Four hundred thousand Hungarian Jewish men, women and children were deported to death camps during the Holocaust. One-third of the 1.1 million Jews murdered at Auschwitz were Hungarian.
Some of the other events in the program highlighted by Israel Hayom include: