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Foreign Ministry Rejects FBI Director’s “Unacceptable” Remarks On Holocaust

By Tamás Székely // 2015.04.22.

FBI director James Comey’s remarks concerning the Holocaust were “rude and insulting generalisations,” Hungary’s foreign minister said. Commenting on Comey’s speech at the Holocaust Museum of Washington referring to “otherwise good people” who succumbed to Nazi ideals and became “murderers and accomplices” in Germany, Poland, Hungary and other places during the second world war, Péter Szijjártó told commercial broadcaster InfoRádió that the Hungarian government had protested to the United States administration, adding that “it was right” that the US state department had publicly apologised for the remarks.

The foreign minister said, however, that US-Hungarian cooperation was smooth both in economic and defence terms, and a notable improvement could be discerned in political ties. In a statement, the foreign ministry said, “The words of the FBI director bear witness to astounding insensitivity and impermissible superficiality. We do not accept from anyone the formulation of such a generalisation and defamation.”

FBI chief James Comey’s words sparked a storm of protest also in Poland, and reported. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski told public television the comments were an “insult to thousands of Poles who helped Jews.” Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said: “To those who are incapable of presenting the historic truth in an honest way, I want to say that Poland was not a perpetrator but a victim of World War Two. I would expect full historical knowledge from officials who speak on the matter.”

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