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Hungary remembers Holocaust victims
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07:51, October 15, 2007

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Some 1,000 people of civic groups gathered in Budapest on Sunday to remember Holocaust victims on the 63rd anniversary of a WWII Nazi takeover in Hungary that led to thousands of deaths, MTI News Agency reported.

Marking Oct. 15, 1944, the date Hungary's Arrow Cross (Nazi) movement took over the country, Methodist Minister Gabor Ivanyi warned that as generations go by, memories tire and people again start to discriminate, allowing the monster responsible for the killings to resurface.

"It is our obligation to remember the people they murdered," he added.

"We are the descendents of the people murdered at that time. Those people marching on the streets of Budapest today in black uniforms and carrying the striped flags reminiscent of that era are the descendents of the murderers." National Gypsy Authority Chair Orban Kolompar said.

Speaking of the far right paramilitary Hungarian Guard, he said that the politics allowing its formation bore true responsibility for the phenomenon.

The organizations attending the commemoration included the Hungarian Anti-fascist League, the Hungarian Peace Federation, the Association of Hungarian Resistance Fighters and Anti-fascists, the Association of Hungarian Journalists, and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Hungary.

Source: Xinhua




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