Hungary protest prevents unveiling of statue for anti-Jewish WWII politician

February 25, 2016 08:35

BUDAPEST - A group of around 100 protesters prevented the unveiling of a statue of a Hungarian politician in Budapest on Wednesday, saying he promoted racist views during World War Two.

The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Religious Communities also objected, saying in a statement that Gyorgy Donath's anti-Semitic views meant he was unworthy of the statue, erected only a few steps away from Budapest's Holocaust Memorial Center.

Donath, a member of parliament between 1939 and 1944, created a right-wing movement that promoted the exclusion of Jews from important roles in public life.

"The disgraceful political role of Gyorgy Donath cannot be ignored even if he became victim of communism in a show trial in which he was sentenced to death," the Jewish community said.

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