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Gov’t Mantains Zero Tolerance against Anti-Semitism, Justice Minister Says in Auschwitz-Birkenau

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.22.

The government maintains zero tolerance against anti-Semitism, Justice Minister Judit Varga said after an event in the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on Tuesday.

Varga was invited by the European Jewish Association to participate in a commemorative event marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp. She headed a Hungarian delegation and laid a wreath at the wall of victims.

She addressed a symposium in Krakow which was also attended by Jan Jambon, former Belgian minister of the interior, and Antonio Tajani, former president of the European Parliament.

Varga said that in addition to proclaiming zero tolerance against anti-Semitism, the Hungarian government included Holocaust denial in the criminal code, introduced a memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust and successfully organised a European Maccabi Games.

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She added that Europe’s second-largest Jewish community lives in Budapest “in even greater peace and safety than anywhere else in Europe”.

In the featured photo illustration: Justice minister Judit Varga. Photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI