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Hungary Cuts Off Survivor Funds

Hungarian government accuses Claims Conference of malfeasance

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The Hungarian government is at it again, this time stirring up trouble with the Claims Conference over compensation for Holocaust survivors. As reported by JTA and others, the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice claims that the organization overseeing dispersal of funds for survivors distributed funds improperly and didn’t report expenditures. Hungary wants $12.1 million returned and won’t offer any more reparations funds until they receive it.

Claims Conference Executive Vice President Greg Schneider told JTA that this was the first time in the organization’s 62 years of operation “that a country has reneged when it came time to pay. We hope that intervention at the highest level in Hungary will resolve this issue for Hungarian survivors who need help.”

The Claims Conference has put forth a document detailing all recipients of funds, including how much each received. The group further states that the Hungarian government has failed to transfer $5.6 million as required under a previous agreement and that transfers stopped after the Fidesz party came to office in 2010.

This is only the latest ugly incident for Hungary and its ruling party, which many commentators have accused of showing fascist leanings. Following recent protests, a city-funded theater canceled plans to show a play about Jews scheming to destroy Hungary. In an August 15 friendly match between Israel and Hungary’s soccer teams, fans shouted anti-Semitic slurs and booed during the playing of “Hatikvah.” The country also features an overtly anti-Semitic far-right party, known as Jobbik, one of whose leaders recently resigned his membership after learning that his grandparents were Jewish—and Holocaust survivors at that. In what perhaps counts as a face-saving gesture, Jobbik claimed that the politician, Csanad Szegedi, quit because of a bribery investigation.

Related: Meet Europe’s New Fascists [Tablet Magazine]
Hungary, Claims Conference exchange harsh words over Holocaust money [JTA]

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D. Mandler says:

I am no defender of the FIDESZ party and its effects on Hungarian politics and culture (as you can see in my articles…the latest of which is, but I do have to take issue with the way this piece of news is reported here. The Claims Conference–with its past scandals of corruption–has not done a good job in this case, either, funneling the money into organizations that are yet to disburse the money to the aging and dying survivors living in the USA. If the Claims Conference has done a good job, it can easily prove it by opening up its books and accounting for every dollar it has received from the Hungarian government.

Naturally, I am no arguing that the Hungarian government would do a better job in finding the survivors for whom this money was intended (about 150 dollars a YEAR), which in and of itself I would regard as an insult rather than reparations anyhow.

Agriensis Huliganthropus says:

Magyarországon nem él zsidó kisebbség, mert itt nincs kisebbségi képviseletük! Miféle kárpótlásról beszél egy közel-keleti faj, ami nem is őshonos Európában? Soha senki nem hívta ide őket, parazitaként mégis idelopóztak. Ne csodálkozzanak, ha egy európai háborúban áldozatokká válnak a hívatlan idegenek. Kártérítést pedig nekik kell fizetniük, mert az eddigi két világháborút is ők idézték elő, s most éppen a harmadik globális háborút készítik elő Irán megtámadásának szándékával. A zsidóktól mindenhol irtóznak, még a partner USrael-ben is.
Utoljára akkor volt rend a zsidóknál, mikor a Magyar Királyság mindenkori királya Jeruzsálem királya volt. Ha megint királyt választ a magyar, a zsidók mehetnek vissza a sivatagba újabb 40 évre, de erre az időre legalább világbéke lesz. Góg és Magóg ideje közeleg!


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Hungary Cuts Off Survivor Funds

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