Hungary’s Justice Minister László Trócsányi paid tribute to French politician and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil on behalf of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the Hungarian government at a national ceremony held in her honour in Paris on Wednesday.
Speaking to Hungarian news agency MTI, László Trócsányi, who served as Hungary’s Ambassador to Paris between 2010 and 2014, described Veil as a “great personality of reconciliation and new beginnings” in post second world war Europe. He noted the respect Hungary and the Hungarian government had for Veil’s life, work and humanism.
Simone Veil died last Friday at the age of 89. Born in Nice in 1927 as Simone Jacob, she was arrested by the Germans in 1944, alongside her family, and sent to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She became best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s as minister of health, and went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament. She later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s.
Veil’s tribute ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Les Invalides military museum in Paris. She was laid to rest in the neoclassical building of the Pantheon Mausoleum, where among other French writers Emile Zola, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas are buried.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI and bbc.com; featured photo: László Sulyok – faktor.hu