Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, has marked International Holocaust Memorial Day, saying that Hungary's government was equipped to protect Hungarian Jews, human dignity and freedom of religion.
According to MTI, Gulyás pledged the government’s continued support for the preservation and strengthening of the cultural identity of Hungarian Jews. While the Hungarian government now has the means to protect Jewish citizens, it’s also eyeing the rise of new anti-Semitism in the world.
Gulyás said in a video posted on Facebook that he was concerned to see forces “aiming to curb the freedom of religion by legal and administrative means”. Hungary stands by Jewish communities living under the shadow of daily physical threats, he said.
The minister said that in 1945 Hungarian Jews had received no support from their homeland. “The Hungarian state was complicit in the terrifying atrocities committed,” he said. Today, Hungarian Jewry enjoys the greatest possible security in Europe, he said.
While zero tolerance against anti-Semitism is “not only government policy but a social reality” in Hungary, Europe is struggling to find a solution to social changes giving rise to a new anti-Semitism, Gulyás concluded.
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