Hungarian Govt To Work With Jewish Orgs On House Of Fates Project

  • 10 Sep 2014 9:00 AM
Hungarian Govt To Work With Jewish Orgs On House Of Fates Project
The government will seek support and advice from Hungarian and international Jewish organisations when setting up the House of Fates memorial project, which is aimed to honour the child victims of the Holocaust, János Lázár, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said after a meeting of the Jewish Roundtable on Tuesday.

The four-hour meeting included discussions on eight different topics, Lázár said. These included the financial-social situation of Holocaust survivors in Hungary and the matter of the state of Jewish cemeteries in Hungary, he added.

Lázár said the next meeting of the roundtable would be held in December, and legal experts would be invited to review anti-Semitic manifestations in Hungary and proposals to introduce zero-tolerance steps against them.

He confirmed that he had asked Gusztáv Zoltai, the former head of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), to advise the government from September on matters of dispute with the Jewish community. András Heisler, the current head of Mazsihisz, said the roundtable had been a success, with solutions found to many problems, while there were still unresolved issues as well, requiring further work.

He told journalists in parliament that the continuation of dialogue that had broken off 9 months ago was a big step today. Heisler said it was “very reassuring” that the government had promised it would only open the exhibition of the House of Fates after a consensus between Hungarian and international Jewish organisations on the content had been reached.


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