Hungary Jews Fight Honor for Hitler Ally Miklos Horthy

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Hungary’s main Jewish organization has urged the government and parliament to prevent the honoring of Miklos Horthy, the country’s Holocaust-era ruler.

Horthy had “direct responsibility for the killing and destruction of several hundred thousand Hungarian Jews,” the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, or Mazsihisz, said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement was in reaction to the recent decision by the mayor of Kunhegyes in eastern Hungary to rename a street after Horthy.

Horthy, who ruled from 1920 to 1944, was an ally to Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany’s World War II leader, but Hitler deposed him fearing he might sign a peace treaty with the Allied forces. Horthy however passed several anti-Jewish laws before his ouster and was in charge when 500,000 Jews under Hungarian control began to be deported to Nazi death camps.

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