Deutch Writes Hungarian Prime Minister Opposing Monument to Nazi Collaborator
Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and his fellow co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Taskforce forCombatting Anti-Semitism sent a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán protesting the construction of a monument to Bálint Homan, a former Hungarian Minister implicated in sending over half a million Jewish Hungarians to their deaths during the Holocaust. The Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism is co-chaired by U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Steve Israel (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
“We write to express our deep concern about plans to erect a statue in the city of Székesfehérvár, Hungary honoring Bálint Homan, who spearheaded Hungary’s anti-Jewish legislation and paved the way for deportations of and atrocities against Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust,” write the Members. “We urge you to publicly condemn Homan’s role in the persecution and deportation of innocent Hungarians and to withdraw government funding for the construction of this or any statue in his honor.”
Read the complete letter here.
Congressman Ted Deutch is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Democrat on the Middle East Subcommittee.