Holocaust wounds can never heal, says chief rabbi

The wounds caused by human evil of the Holocaust will never heal, chief rabbi Laszlo Deutsch said on Friday at an event commemorating the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest ghetto.
Deutsch told a gathering in the Dohany Street Synagogue that not only German Nazis but many other people, including Hungarians officials, had participated in deporting Jews and as many as 6 million Europeans, including 600,000 Hungarians, had fallen victim to the Nazi death camps.
Israeli ambassador Ilan Mor said the 70,000 Jews who stayed alive in the Budapest ghetto were liberated by the Red Army.
“The arrival of the Soviet soldiers brought rescue from Nazi hell,” he said, adding that this was a historical fact that could not be disputed.
The 70th anniversary of the Holocaust will be an appropriate occasion for forgiveness, “for society to make peace with itself,” and to fight anti-Semitism, he said. But forgiveness can be hindered if attempts are made to rewrite history, he added.
The event was also attended by former prime minister and head of the National Memorial and Funerary Committee Peter Boross, state secretary Janos Fonagy, President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, main opposition Socialist Party leader Attila Mesterhazy, 7th district mayor Zsolt Vattamany of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats, and Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary Alberto Bottari de Castello.



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