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  • Ex-Hungarian Jewish leader’s government gig sparks talk of betrayal

    November 6, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    In the 22 years he ran Hungary’s Mazsihisz Jewish umbrella organization, Gusztav Zoltai was called out for many things.

    Zoltai, a former secret police agent who led the Jewish federation until his retirement earlier this year, was accused of corruption and labeled a relic of dark...

  • Photo gallery: Beautiful but desolate Kerepesi Jewish cemetery, Budapest

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    October 21, 2014 | 6:55 am

     

    In Budapest earlier this month, I visited the Jewish cemetery on Salgotarjan street, which was founded in 1874 and is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Pest side of Budapest. It is actually the Jewish section of the city’s Kerepesi monumental cemetery, where national heroes...

  • Budapest postcard: thoughts about the non-Jewish problem of anti-Semitism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 6, 2014 | 4:22 am

    I needed to spend a day in Budapest, in the middle of a Middle East war. Not a bad deal, as the city is beautiful. Not a bad deal for a writer in search of stories too. Hungary is home to the third largest Jewish community in Europe, and it is also home to many anti-Semitic hacks...

  • Work completed overnight on Hungarian WWII monument

    July 21, 2014 | 11:54 am

    A controversial Nazi occupation monument was erected in downtown Budapest in the middle of the night after an appeals court rejected a petition to halt its construction.

    Workers completed the main components of the memorial in Freedom Square after midnight Sunday following the...

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  • In Budapest, young Jews angling for slice of communal pie

    July 1, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Peering through dusty apartment widows isn’t an uncommon pastime in this capital city’s crime-infested 8th District, with its many drug addicts and alcoholics seeking for a fix.

    But Adam Schoenberger wasn’t scouting for a place to rob on his peeping tour of the district earlier...

  • Far-right surge expected in European elections

    May 21, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Armed with ropes and long sticks, a group of teens in Germany’s capital headed out under the cover of night. Their goal: to tear down from lampposts the campaign posters of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP).

    The young people are one small posse among those who fear...

  • Tens of thousands participate in Budapest Holocaust memorial march

    April 28, 2014 | 8:19 am

    Tens of thousands of Jews and Jewish supporters participated in the 12th March of the Living Hungary in Budapest.

    Sunday’s event, considered the largest civil anti-fascist event in Hungary, was held on the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of Jews from Hungary by the...

  • Edith Jacobs

    By Jane Ulman

    October 30, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    “You are being relocated to a labor camp,” the Hungarian gendarmes, or police, announced to the Jews of Sopron, Hungary, who had spent the previous two weeks confined to a windowless tobacco factory. Edith Jacobs (née Rosenberger), her parents, three sisters and the other Jews were...

  • Hungary recognizes involvement in Holocaust, vows to fight anti-Semitism

    October 1, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics said the country’s leaders recognize Hungarian involvement in the Holocaust and vowed the state will combat anti-Semitism and racism.

    “We know that we were responsible for the Holocaust in Hungary. We know that Hungarian state...

  • Budapest to receive $22 million Holocaust memorial center

    September 13, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Budapest will erect a $22 million memorial at a train station from which many Hungarian Jews were deported during the Holocaust.

    Janos Lazar, the Hungarian prime minister’s chief of staff, said the memorial will feature an educational center and will be opened by spring next year...

  • Alex Friedman, 93

    September 11, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Alex Friedman, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to America after the 1956 Hungarian uprising, died Aug. 18. He was 93.

    Friedman was born Sándor Friedman on March 21, 1921, in Kiskunfélegyháza, Hungary, to Mihaly and Rachel Friedman. He was the youngest of six children in an...

  • Hungarian war criminal Laszlo Csatary dies at 98

    August 12, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Hungarian war criminal Laszlo Csatary has died while awaiting trial for torturing Jews and deporting thousands of them to their deaths during World War II.

    According to the French news agency AFP, Csatary died in a hospital in Budapest on Saturday of complications connected to...

  • George Berci

    By Jane Ulman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    In October 1942, George Berci, then George Bleier, was ordered to report for forced labor. Along with 1,600 young men, the 21-year-old was transported from Budapest to a camp near Bereck, Hungary, near the Romanian border. During the day, in his assigned group of 400 men, George...

  • Co-founder of Hungarian ruling party made anti-Semitic statements, court finds

    June 28, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Hungary’s highest court found that a co-founder of the country’s ruling party had made anti-Semitic statements.

    In the June 26 ruling, the Kúria, Hungary’s highest judicial body, rejected a libel suit by Zsolt Bayer, a columnist and one of the co-founders of the Fidesz...

  • Hungarian man, 98, charged with World War II crimes, prosecutors say

    June 18, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.

    Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 of whipping or...

  • Bronfman Prize goes to leading disability rights innovator Eric Rosenthal

    June 3, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Eric Rosenthal, founder and director of Disability Rights International (DRI), who has focused world-wide attention on the inhumane institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities, has been awarded the 2013 Charles Bronfman Prize for his global leadership in the field...

  • Hungarian Jews protest naming Budapest street after anti-Semite

    May 30, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Amid a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Hungary, the umbrella organization of Hungarian Jews protested the naming of a Budapest street after an anti-Semitic author.

    “The Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary is shocked to learn of the renaming of a street in the Second...

  • Jewish groups ask Kerry to fight anti-Semitism in Hungary

    May 16, 2013 | 11:57 am

    A dozen Jewish organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressing their concern over the rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary.

    The May 14 letter commended Kerry for his offices’ recent human rights report that detailed the rise of the xenophobic and...

  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

  • Eva Katz Brettler

    By Jane Ulman

    April 18, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    Arrow Cross soldiers banged on the front door. Eva Brettler, then Eva Katz, hid behind her grandmother as the soldiers, members of Hungary’s fascist party, ordered Eva’s grandmother and aunt to quickly pack and prepare to leave. “Chavelah, you have to listen and you have to hide,”...

  • Yom HaShoah: An eternal nation, bound together by our faith

    April 8, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A few months after my bar mitzvah, my father disappeared.

    We didn’t know what had happened to him.

    In our apartment in Budapest, there was a couch under the window and I would stand on it day after day looking into the street, watching, waiting for my father to appear.

    In a...

  • Slovak court moves toward imprisoning war criminal in Hungary

    March 29, 2013 | 7:53 am

    A Slovak court has commuted a death sentence against Laszlo Csatary, a war criminal whom Slovakia wants extradited from Hungary for his complicity in murdering thousands of Jews.

    A Czechoslovakian court in 1948 sentenced Csatary in absentia to death for torturing Jews and helping...

  • Alleged flag ban in Hungary-Israel basketball match causes uproar

    February 26, 2013 | 7:40 am

    A Hungarian basketball team has apologized for “misunderstandings” around the alleged banning of the Hungarian flag during a match against Israeli players.

    The Szolnoki Olaj KK club and the security company Védelem Holding of Feb. 25 expressed regret about the “real or assumed...

  • ‘Rescue during the Holocaust’: Honoring courage to resist

    January 23, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    You would not suspect anything out of the ordinary was happening  as the silver-haired interviewee describes his day at the office. But Per Anger and his colleagues in Budapest, Hungary, were on a mission. His self-effacing modesty veils the significance of his role in attempting...

  • Hungarian airline opens low-cost Budapest-Tel Aviv line

    December 17, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    The Hungarian airline Wizz Air started operating low-cost regular flights from Budapest to Tel Aviv.

    The maiden flight took off on Dec. 6 from Budapest with 175 passengers, Wizz Air said in a statement. Fares are available from $70 and can be booked online.

    The first flight...

  • Hungarian Jewish body to sue lawmaker for ‘Nazi’ speech

    November 28, 2012 | 10:06 am

    A Hungarian Jewish organization said it will file a complaint against a lawmaker who proposed drawing up a list of “dangerous” Jews in government.

    “There is no alternative to legal recourse now,” the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation said  Tuesday in a statement about the...

  • Hungarian lawmaker proposes ‘registering’ Jewish lawmakers

    November 27, 2012 | 10:10 am

    A far-right Hungarian lawmaker suggested that members of the Hungarian Parliament who are Jewish or of Jewish origin be counted and registered.

    Marton Gyongyosi of the ultranationalist Jobbik party made the suggestion Monday in a Parliament session during a discussion of the...

  • Israeli flag burned in front of Budapest synagogue

    October 24, 2012 | 9:28 am

    An Israeli flag was burned in front of a Budapest synagogue reportedly by members of Jobbik, an ultrarightist Hungarian political party.

    Tuesday's incident took place at the Dohany Street Synagogue, in the downtown central part of the Hungarian capital. Jobbik members reportedly...

  • Hungarian radio station praises attack on Jewish leader

    October 8, 2012 | 9:41 am

    A Hungarian nationalist online radio station called the recent assault on a Jewish community leader in Budapest a “response to general Jewish terrorism.”

    “Predictably and unfortunately, the good attackers were captured very quickly,” the news edition of Szent Korona Radio, or...

  • Hungary, Claims Conference exchange harsh words over Holocaust money

    August 29, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The Claims Conference accused Hungary’s government of “depriving” Holocaust survivors through “disgraceful” and “deceitful tactics.”

    The allegations came after Budapest demanded on Monday that the Claims Conference, an organization representing world Jewry in...

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