Hungary: Jewish graves vandalized, human remains scattered

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The damage to the graves in the northeastern city of Gyongyos is 'unprecedented,' says local leader

Twenty graves have been vandalized in a Jewish cemetery, The Associated Press, quoting the leader of a small Hungarian Jewish community, reported on Sunday.

According to Peter Weisz the damage to the graves in the northeastern city of Gyongyos, including the scattering of human remains, was "unprecedented."

The office of Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned the "barbaric deed" and vowed to launch a program to renovate neglected cemeteries.

Weisz said a number of graves dating as far back as the late 1800's were of ancestors of some of the 80 current members of the recently re-established Jewish community in Gyongyos.

Weisz added that the relations with other religious groups in the city of 30,000 people were "exemplary."

Last January Hungarian Jews commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Red Army of the Budapest ghetto in World War II.

Several hundred people, including dozens who survived the ghetto, attended the memorial service in the Grand Synagogue, Europe's largest place of Jewish worship.

Orban spoke at a memorial in a Jewish cemetery in Budapest, saying "we were without love and indifferent, when we should have helped, and very many Hungarians chose bad instead of good, the shameful instead of the honorable."

Hungary fought alongside Nazi Germany during the war as a member of the Axis, but Hitler ordered a takeover on March 19, 1944, when he discovered Budapest had started secret peace talks with the Soviet Union.

Some 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished during the Holocaust, most deported to Nazi death camp Auschwitz after the German occupation began.

Around 100,000 Jews remained in Budapest when the entire city was liberated on February 13, 1945.

Hungary's commemorations of the deportations were plagued by controversy over how to properly commemorate the Holocaust.

Many groups organizing commemoration events refused or gave back funding from Orban's government, accusing it of playing down the Hungarian state's complicity in organizing the deportations during WWII, a charge denied by the government.