Indignation after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “pure Nazi” speech | New

Orban has been strongly criticized for speaking out against the creation of “mixed-race peoples”.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been accused of “Nazi” rhetoric by his own entourage after speaking out this weekend against the creation of “mixed-race peoples”.

One of the prime minister’s longtime advisers, sociologist Zsuzsa Hegedüs, handed in a letter of resignation on Tuesday in which she described Orban’s remarks as “worthy of Goebbels” – a reference to the Nazi politician who served as a propagandist under Adolf Hitler.

In the letter seen by Hungarian magazine HVG, Hegedüs – whose parents were Hungarian Holocaust survivors – called the speech “pure Nazi text”.

“That you are capable of delivering overtly racist speech would not occur to me even in a nightmare,” she wrote.

Representatives of the Jewish community have also expressed concern. The International Auschwitz Committee on Tuesday called the speech “stupid and dangerous” and called on the European Union to “make it clear to the world that a Mr. Orban has no future in Europe”.

The speech reminded Holocaust survivors of “dark times of their own exclusion and persecution,” the organization’s vice president, Christoph Heubner, said in a statement sent to the AFP news agency.

Heubner specifically called on Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer to take a stand when he welcomes Orban on an official visit to Vienna on Thursday.

The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities said its president, Andras Heisler, had requested a meeting with Orban.

“Based on our historical experiences and family histories that live with us, it is important to raise our voice against expressions in Hungarian public life that are subject to misunderstanding,” the group said.

‘Unacceptable’

Over half a million Hungarian Jews were systematically exterminated during the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. Today there are approximately 75,000 to 100,000 Jews in Hungary, most of them in the capital, Budapest.

Hungarian Chief Rabbi Robert Frolich posted on his Facebook page: “On two feet, working, talking and sometimes thinking that there is only one race on this planet: Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

Bogdan Aurescu, foreign minister of fellow EU member Romania, said Orban’s “ideas” were “unacceptable”.

A spokesman for the European Commission, Eric Mamer, declined to comment specifically on the statement, but said “the EU has a number of values ​​which are enshrined in the Treaties and it implements policies in line with those values. values ​​and to these articles of the treaties”.

Orban, who gave the speech Saturday in Romania, said the international left in Western Europe “is employing a pretense, an ideological trick: the assertion – their assertion – that Europe, by its very nature, is peopled by mestizo peoples”.

“We don’t want to become mixed peoples,” he said. He also appeared to allude to the German Nazi regime’s gas chambers when he criticized Brussels’ plan to cut European gas demand by 15%.

Orban had made similar remarks in the past but without using the Hungarian term for “race”, according to experts.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs downplayed Orban’s statement, saying it had been “misinterpreted” by those who “clearly do not understand the difference between the mixture of different ethnic groups who are all from the Judeo-Christian cultural sphere, and the mixture of peoples of different civilizations”.

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