A MAGISTERIAL encyclopedia chronicling the wartime murder of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews by the Hungarian authorities in collaboration with Nazi Germany has taken center place in an exploding controversy over attempts by the current ultraconservative government here to shrug off the country’s enduring culpability for Holocaust crimes.

Mazsihisz, the biggest organization of Hungarian Jews, and many other Jewish and non-Jewish associations, have decided to boycott the country’s current, official Holocaust Memorial Year. This follows the public renunciation of the Hungarian Order of Merit this January by Prof. Randolph L. Braham, the doyen of Holocaust studies and editor of the book under review, in protest over the government’s attempts to falsify history.

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