Hungarians must not forget the dark sins of the past and future generations must be taught that mutual respect and understanding is vital to the unity of the nation, the deputy state secretary for civil and social relations said at an event marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest ghetto on Thursday.
“We must admit that the government at the time shared responsibility for the deportation and killing of Jewish fellow countrymen,” Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky said in Dohany Street at the memorial wall of the former Budapest ghetto.
“It is difficult to express in words how sorry I am and how sorry we are for this. There is no excuse,” he told the event organised by the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH).
Hungary will continue to apply zero tolerance against all expressions of anti-Semitism, he said.