‘Shoes on the Danube Promenade’ | Noémi Bruzák/MTI

Hungary honors Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 17, 2013

On the occasion of Hungary’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorations including exhibition openings, conferences and history lessons were held on Tuesday throughout the country with the participation of politicians and civilians.

Within the framework of the series of events, Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics laid down the stones of remembrance and lit a candle at the ‘Shoes on the Danube Promenade’ Jewish memorial site.

He stated that “we commemorate not only the victims of the Holocaust but also those who could not be born because of it.” He emphasized that several generations of talented and outstanding people are today missing from the Hungarian nation as a result.

In Hódmezõvásárhely, SE Hungary, a conference entitled ‘Rescuers during the Holocaust’ was held with the participation of Minister of Defense Csaba Hende. The Minister pointed out that the responsibility of the Hungarian state and the fact that it did not defend its citizens from the depravation of rights and physical destruction shall not be forgotten, adding that if the representatives of the Hungarian state would not have complied with all available instruments to the inhumane commands, the genocide could not have taken place.

Various events were also held in the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences, the House of Terror Museum and different Budapest theatres as well as in the provincial towns of Hódmezõvásárhely, Pécs, Szerencs, Kiskõrös and Balatonfüred.


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