Hungarian parliament criminalizes “Holocaust denial”

February 25, 2010

The denial of the Holocaust will be punishable by law under a bill passed by Parliament on Monday afternoon.

Those who publicly deny the Holocaust, call it into doubt or present it as insignificant may be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

The motion submitted by Socialist prime ministerial candidate Attila Mesterházy was passed with 197 votes in favour, one dissension and 144 abstentions. Free Democrat József Gulyás was the lone dissenter; Fidesz MPs abstained.

If President László Sólyom signs the bill into law, it will enter into force 30 days later.

Fidesz submitted a motion to criminalise the public denial of crimes against humanity committed by communist as well as fascist regimes but Parliament rejected it by a vote of 178-146.

Mazsihisz president Péter Feldmájer, executive director Gusztáv Zoltai and several Holocaust survivors attended the voting at the invitation of the Socialist Party.

Parliament later made participation in the leadership of a dissolved social organisation punishable by up to three years in prison, raising the seriousness of such activity from a misdemeanour to a crime. The bill was passed by 177 affirmative votes and 140 abstentions, as Fidesz did not support it.



One Response to “Hungarian parliament criminalizes “Holocaust denial””

  1. whodareswings on March 1st, 2010 11:29 pm

    A good forgotten book to read about post-WWII Hungary is THE WORLD CONQUERORS by Louis Marshalko. He was a nationalist and a Catholic journalist at the Nuremberg trials and he thought they were bogus. He didn’t mince words about communists and Jews. They’re the same to him as he watched his country the rest of East Europe plunged into totalitarianism after Yalta. Which counties are left in Europe where holocaust skepticism isn’t a crime punishable by fines and prison? Holocaust “denial” laws area a prerequsite for EU membership. Romania learned it’s lesson! Jews are moving back from Israel there and to Hungary in anticipation of war in the Middle East. Most Israelis have dual passports. Here Shimon Peres boasts about them buying up Manhattan, Poland, Romania and Hungary.