Hungary statue plans scorned at Holocaust memorial

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Associated Press

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 27 at 11:03 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Speakers at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary called for dialogue with the government, condemning its plans for a disputed memorial to Nazi Germany's 1944 occupation.

Thousands took part in Sunday's "March Of The Living" remembrance walk, which was held for the 12th time in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

Over the past several months, Hungarian Jewish groups have expressed their frustration at what they say are efforts by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to diminish the role local authorities had in the death of around 550,000 Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust.

Gabor Gordon, an organizer of the march, said the memorial, in which the figure of Germany's imperial eagle swoops down on the archangel Gabriel, symbolizing Hungary, "is unacceptable in its known form."

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