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B'nai B'rith Budapest wishes to make public its position in connection with the work of art project to commemorate the German occupation of Hungary as follows:

On 31st December 2013 under Decree No 565 the Government of Hungary not only made a decision for the implementation of the erection of a Memorial of the German occupation of Hungary, but gave singular expression of its great importance.

As a member lodge of B'nai B'rith Europe and of B'nai B'rith International our association

• repudiates any ambiguity that does not make a clear distinction among "the victims of German occupation", as if there is no moral and numerical difference between an organised genocide and that of a fully armed country---albeit on the loser's side—suffering considerable losses.
• denounces the intention and attitude—presenting thereby a false pretence—as if the then responsible and ruling Hungarian governments have not actively participated in the almost total liquidation of Hungarian Jewry living in the countryside
• objects against the realisation of the erection of the hastily fabricated memorial with controversial symbols which due to the above mentioned reasons will never be able to generate painful sentiments and arouse emotions which such memorial should evoke.

The memory of victims—all Hungarian victims—is indeed a matter of great importance demanding a fitting memorial.

However, the Hungarian Government by erecting this memorial in the capital intends to commemorate the 70th anniversary of German occupation, and not the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust
This is clearly stated, as expressed in the Decree of the Government.

B'nai B'rith Budapest calls upon the decision makers to postpone the realisation of the art-work which has generated not only domestic but universal international indignation.

The message of the controversial art-work project should therefore be revised.

The concept should be presented for a wide-ranging public discussion to be conducted without raised emotions.

On the 9th February 2014 the General Assembly of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ)-the main Jewish umbrella organisation-- passed a very important resolution .

Due to the continuous Holocaust revisionism of the present government the Federation decided to boycott the state events marking the Holocaust Memorial Year.

Among the reasons quoted was (a) the erection of a monument to commemorate the "German occupation of Hungary" whose symbolism intends to exonerate the Hungarian people in the Holocaust; (b) to commemorate child victims of the Holocaust at one of the old railway stations in Budapest—in opening a museum named "House of Fates" whose concept and ideology is being directed by one Maria Schmidt a notorious revisionist historian and head of the Terror House Museum; (c) the unwillingness of the Government to remove the director Sandor Szakaly of the newly established national history institute called "Veritas" who called the deportation of some 17.000 Hungarian and foreign Jews to their death in Kamenets Podolsk in the Ukraine in 1941 as an "administrative procedure for foreign nationals".