December 16, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
The Hungarian American Coalition and the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, welcome Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's December 15th Statement in opposition to the erection of a statue of Bálint Hóman.
In remarks at the Hungarian National Assembly, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, stated the following:
”I do not support the erection of such a statue...the Government cannot support the erection of a statue in honor of a politician who collaborated with occupying powers and collaborated with oppressors of Hungary." Bálint Hóman was a government minister who, in 1944, called for the deportation of Hungarian Jews.
This important disavowal of the Hóman statue by the Hungarian Prime Minister is appreciated by our organizations.
President of the Hungarian American Coalition
Katrina Lantos Swett
President of the Lantos Foundation