More than a dozen Hungarians auctioned off their state awards on Monday, saying they no longer wanted them after Zsolt Bayer, a journalist and writer known for his anti-Semitic and racist references, was granted a similar distinction last month.
The daughter of late, Hungarian-born US Congressman Tom Lantos is returning a distinguished state award to Hungary to protest the bestowing of the same award to journalist and writer Zsolt Bayer who has made anti-Semitic and racist references in his articles.
Controversy has erupted in Hungary over the government’s decision to give the prestigious Knight's Cross award to Zsolt Bayer, a journalist known for making anti-Semitic and racist comments, resulting in numerous people returning their own awards in protest.
A Budapest court sentenced Ferenc Oroshazi for denying the Holocaust ever happened. In Hungary, it is illegal to publicly deny, downplay or justify the Holocaust or the crimes committed by Hungary's communist regime.
Protesters held a silent demonstration on Monday in central Hungary against a plan to unveil a statue of a former minister of religion and education who helped draft and supported anti-Semitic legislation in the 1930s.