Budapest to review street naming after anti-Semitic author

By JTA
June 1, 2013 07:25

The mayor of Budapest ordered a re-examination of a controversial decision to name a street after an anti-Semitic author.

Maria Szucs Ciuc, a spokeswoman for Mayor Istvan Tarlos, told the news site FN24.hu on Thursday that the mayor had ordered a re-examination of the city council’s decision to name a street after Cecile Tormay, a Hungarian writer who died in 1937. Both the World Jewish Congress and the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz, protested the decision.

Under the Local Government Act, the mayor may reverse decisions deemed “offensive.”

In a separate statement, Mazsihisz said Tormay had “inspired” many anti-Semitic thinkers and leaders in Hungary, including Miklos Horthy, the country’s pro-Nazi ruler during World War II, when 400,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered.


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