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Jan 24, 2020

President Áder attends 5th World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem

The president told Holocaust survivors about the Hungarian government’s measures to fight anti-Semitism and promote Holocaust education.

President János Áder joined world leaders in Israel yesterday to attend the 5th World Holocaust Forum.

During his visit to the country, the president also met Hungarian Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem and told them about the Hungarian government’s measures to fight anti-Semitism and promote Holocaust education.

President Áder highlighted a speech from the forum by Buchenwald survivor and former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisrael Meir Lau who said he could not forgive or forget what had happened 75 years ago. The rabbi called for peaceful coexistence between people and fight against such common enemies as illness and natural disasters.

President Áder told the Hungarian Holocaust survivors that the excellent relations between Hungary and Israel were also cemented by the good personal relations of the two countries’ prime ministers. In response to a question by honorary consul Josi Weiss, President Áder said that in international comparison hate attacks against Jews were extremely rare in Hungary.

The president talked about a renaissance of Hungarian Jewish communities and added that outside Hungary in Europe, Holocaust denial was a crime only in Austria, Germany and France. He also highlighted that Hungary maintained zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.

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