Lauder expressed his shock over Budapest municipal council decision to name a street in Budapest second district after one of the greatest Hungarian writers Cécile Tormay.
One of the leading members of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Fidesz party Budapest Mayor István Tarlós calls into question the prime minister's promise he made to the Jewish community that Hungarian authorities will pursue a vigorous fight against antisemitism writes Lauder.
However, it seems that it is necessary to remind them that Cécile Tormay was not only Miklós Horthy's favorite writer, but a notorious antisemite writes the President of the WJC.
Lauder pointed out, that during the WJC Congress in Budapest in May, PM Viktor Orbán declared that "anti-Semitism is unacceptable and intolerable"; he also said that history has taught Hungarians that antisemitism must be exposed before it exploded into public view.
The President of the WJC expressed his hope that Budapest metropolitan government recognizes that Horthy and his disciples like the antisemite Cécile Tormay, and the political and intellectual atmosphere they have created were the forerunner of the deportation of hundreds of thousands Hungarian Jews into Nazi death camps.
We urge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to talk to the mayor of Budapest, who is a member of his party, and convince him to withdraw the proposition concludes his letter Ronald S. Lauder.
(Notes: After such a letter, we can take it for granted that Budapest metropolitan council will back down and no street will bear the name of one of the greatest Hungarian writers Cécile Tormay anytime soon; but she will live on in the hearts and minds of the Hungarian people with many other great poets, writers and philosophers that the colonizers also blacklisted.)
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)