The history of the Holocaust will be compulsory subject in Pázmány Péter Catholic University starting in September announced the rector of the university Szabolcs Szuromi in Budapest on Tuesday.
The rector highlighted that the history of the Holocaust will be thought in addition to "Introduction to the Catholic belief system" and will be obligatory in all faculties of the university and will be a graduation prerequisite.
The rector recalled that a year ago, during the Hungarian Catholic Bishop's Conference Israel's ambassador to Budapest Ilan Mor pointed out that the most effective ways of battling anti-Semitism is through education.
The rector expressed his hope that the initiative may contribute to "shaping the belief system of the new generations" and could be exemplary not only in Hungarian higher education but all around the world.
The Holocaust is part of the identity of Hungarians, and the confrontation with the past is part of the process to build a more democratic society stressed the ambassador.
Ilan Mor emphasized that neither Catholics nor Jews aware of Nostra Aetate the document, which absolves Jews from the charge of killing Jesus.
Replying to a question whether the university considers introducing other subjects dealing with genocide into the curriculum Szuromi replied: the university was open to expand the range of general education courses. (Note: I recommend adding a course on the extermination of American Indians ed.)
(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)