IJC Statement: The Israeli-Jewish Congress reaffirms its support and solidarity with the Hungarian Jewish Community (MAZSIHISZ) over this year’s Holocaust commemorations
Ahead of next month’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) reaffirms its support and solidarity with the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ) regarding this year’s official commemorations marking the 70th Anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps.
Over 500,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, most sent to their death in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
At issue is the appropriateness of Holocaust commemorations, and especially what is perceive as attempts to obfuscate the support of the Nazi regime during World War II, specifically during the time Hungary was ruled by Miklos Horthy, and attempts to minimize the uniqueness of the suffering and tragedy of the Jewish community.
A number of major events planned to be hosted in Hungary to mark this tragedy, particularly next month during Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), may now be jeopardized as a result.
The IJC calls on all parties involved to commence immediate negotiations to resolve all outstanding matters, having proper regard to the concerns and sensitivities of the Hungarian Jewish community, as represented by MAZSIHISZ.
In the meantime, IJC reiterates is support for the position taken by MAZSIHISZ and will continue to work directly with them in the organization of private communal events surrounding the 70th Anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, including with the ‘March of the Living’ commemoration planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day this April in Budapest.
The Israeli-Jewish Congress is an Israeli-based organization devoted to promoting the principle of Israel as the State of the Jewish People & strengthening ties between Israel and the Diaspora, including representing the interests of the European Jewish community to Israeli lawmakers.
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