Students participate in March of the living 370.
(photo credit: Yossi Zeilger )
Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor is consulting with a local lawyer after comments
casting doubt on the Holocaust, made by an extreme nationalist lawmaker, The
Jerusalem Post has learned.
During a debate in parliament on Thursday,
Jobbik MP Tamas Gaudi-Nagy announced that he believed that the museum at the
Auschwitz death camp in Poland “may not reflect real facts.”
came during a debate over a proposal to send Hungarian schoolchildren to the
camp as part of their education.
Holocaust Remembrance Year in Hungary is
coming up in 2014 and there has been discussion in the country regarding the
integration of Holocaust education in the curriculum.
The Hungarian news
agency MTI reported that Gaudi-Nagy said the site “may not reflect the real
facts of history,” and that schools should not be “forced to take up such an
While Israel has yet to officially respond to
Gaudi-Nagy’s statement, one of a long line of proclamations deemed anti-Semitic
by both the American State Department and local Jewish community, Mor told the
that “the embassy is asking a legal opinion and, depending on this, will
consider further actions.”
According to Hungarian law, “publicly denying
the crimes of National Socialism” is considered a crime. However, Mor said, he
has not heard any talk from Hungary’s political classes regarding possible legal
action against Gaudi-Nagy.
Dr. Mikecz Peter, a representative of Prime
Minister Viktor Orban in Jerusalem for consultations with the Foreign Ministry
and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, told the Post
on Thursday that Hungary
has a “zero-tolerance” policy on anti-Semitism.
drew condemnations from Hungary’s ruling party as well as from its leading
“Nobody has the right to question the Holocaust, the
suffering and death of millions of people,” the leader of the ruling Fidesz
party, Antal Rogan, said in a statement Thursday.
The Federation of
Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz, called on “democratic deputies in
parliament” to reject Gaudi-Nagy’s remarks and also called on the house speaker
“to initiate legal proceedings to restore the reputation of
Neither Gaudi-Nagy nor Jobbik responded to requests for
comment.JTA contributed to this report.