ADL Calls on Hungarian Government to Cancel Plans to Erect Statue Honoring a Notorious Anti-Semite

New York, NY, July 8, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the Hungarian government to cancel plans for a statue in the city of Székesfehérvár to honor Balint Homan, a notorious anti-Semitic politician.

“Balint Homan sponsored anti-Jewish laws, was a Nazi supporter, and a minister under the anti-Semitic Horthy regime,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, “Honoring him would send a terrible message to Hungarian society.

“Prime Minister Orban committed to a zero tolerance policy for anti-Semitism and this is a perfectly fitting case to apply it. Erecting a statue to honor someone who has such a vivid and horrific past should never have risen to consideration in Hungary.”

In ADL’s recent poll of anti-Semitic attitudes around the world, four out of ten Hungarians agreed with a majority of anti-Semitic stereotypes tested. The score remained unchanged in the League’s polling from 2014 and 2015. The surveys also found that one in four Hungarians thought the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust was greatly exaggerated.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.