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Hungary's Belated National Holocaust Memorial Opens

with a Special Related Holocaust Link on Poland

The Hungarian Holocaust was
"a heinous crime that was committed by Hungarian people against Hungarian people."
Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy



Hungary's Holocaust Memorial

A woman views a wall at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest that is inscribed with the names of 60,000 of Hungary's approximately 600,000 victims of the Holocaust. (Reuters) 

Hungary's First Holocaust Museum Opens

April 15, 2004
As reported by The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Vowing to keep alive the memory of Hungary's 600,000 Holocaust victims, government leaders and the Israeli president on Thursday inaugurated this country's first Holocaust museum.

The Holocaust Memorial Center, which incorporates an old synagogue, exhibit halls and documentation archives, was opened on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust in Hungary amid tight security.

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There is no excuse, no explanation, only reconciliation ...
PM Peter Medgyessy
Nazi-allied Hungarian authorities started rounding up Jews in the countryside on April 16, 1944, ahead of their deportation to concentration camps.

"It was a heinous crime that was committed by Hungarian people against Hungarian people," Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy said at the inauguration. "There is no excuse, no explanation, only reconciliation.

On Tuesday, Hungarian police arrested a Hungarian citizen of Palestinian origin who allegedly planned to a bomb attack on an unidentified Jewish museum in Budapest. The arrest was made as Israeli President Moshe Katsav began a three-day visit to Hungary, but police ruled out any connection between the plot the visit.

Katsav presented the Auschwitz Album, a collection of 235 photographs mostly of Hungarian Jews taken at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, to Culture Minister Istvan Hiller. Katsav warned in a speech that anti-Semitism could rise as Holocaust survivors die.

"That is why this museum is so important," Katsav said. "It is a symbol ... of those Hungarians who died as Jews."

Katsav praised Hungarian leaders for creating the museum, while recalling that many Hungarians took part in the brutal humiliation and murder of Jews.

France, which donated $500,000 to the memorial center, was represented by Foreign Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who is of Hungarian descent.

Other guests included Hungarian-born U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos from California, and leading Hungarian politicians, including President Ferenc Madl.

Ceremonies coinciding with the Budapest opening were held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, the site at the former Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and at the Yad Vashem Institute.

Some 60,000 names have already been inscribed on the inside face of the wall surrounding the museum. Eventually, the names of all 600,000 victims of the Holocaust in Hungary will be added, officials said.

Under communism, which ended in Hungary in 1990, little discussion of the Holocaust was allowed.

The memorial center is the fifth state-funded Holocaust museum in the world, after others in Jerusalem, London, Berlin and Washington.



Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.


Special Related Controversial Link on Poland:

 Our Editorial Remarks on Poland's Past During the Holocaust
(triggered by the wording of a LA Times article dealing with the same subject presented hereinabove)