Neo-Nazi With Jewish Roots To VIsit Auschwitz

Hungarian Quit Far-Right Party Over Jewish Kin

Hungary Change: Csanad Szegedi stepped down from leadership in the openly anti-Semitic Jobbik Party after admitting Jewish ancestry.
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Hungary Change: Csanad Szegedi stepped down from leadership in the openly anti-Semitic Jobbik Party after admitting Jewish ancestry.

By JTA

Published August 10, 2012.
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A far-right Hungarian politician will reportedly visit Auschwitz after recent revelations that he has Jewish ancestors.

Rabbi Shlomo Koves told JTA that he had met with Csanad Szegedi, in Budapest on August 3, and the Jobbik party member had said he would take the trip.

Szegedi apologized for any comments he had made against the Jewish community, according to the Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag. The paper also reported Szegedi is planning to set up his own political party.

Szegedi could not be reached for comment for this article.

The Anti-Defamation League and other groups considers Jobbik an anti-Semitic party.

Szegedi wanted to go to Auschwitz – where he has said his grandmother had been imprisoned – to “pay his respects to the Holocaust martyrs,” Koves added.

On 28 July, Szegedi resigned most of his positions within Jobbik, though he remains a party representative at the European Parliament.

Jobbik officials said they asked for Szegedi’s resignation because in 2010 he reportedly had allegedly tried to bribe a person not to reveal his Jewish identity. Szegedi denies this.

Koves, executive Rabbi of the Chabad-affiliated Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, said he was “stunned” when Szegedi asked to meet him. “As a rabbi, it is my duty to receive anybody requesting spiritual advice or seeking information about Judaism,” he added.

After the meeting, Koves said that both of Szegedi’s maternal grandparents are Holocaust survivors who had an Orthodox Jewish wedding after the war.

“Afterwards they decided to keep it all a secret from their children and grandchildren. Their attempt was successful for over six decades and their descendants have just recently discovered their Jewish roots,” Koves told JTA.


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