The extreme-right Jobbik party, the second largest political force in Hungary, is doing great damage to the country's international reputation, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder told a press conference in Budapest today.
Later this Sunday, Lauder will be the keynote speaker at this year’s ‘March of the Living’ in Budapest held in commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust.
In the evening, he will host a dinner for the participants in the General Assembly of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ).
The ‘March of the Living’ in Hungary is organized every year by the March of the Living Foundation, with the support of MAZSIHISZ. Thousands are expected to participate in the event.
About 560,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, most of them in 1944.
Today, Hungary’s Jewish community numbers around 100,000 and it is still the largest in Central Europe.
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