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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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