“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
President of Hungary Laszlo Solyom has signed a law making Holocaust denial a crime. Starting in April 2010, denying or trivializing the Holocaust will be punishable by up to three years in prison.
The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) issued a statement calling the law an important weapon in the fight against anti-Semitism, allowing the authorities to curtail the activities of extremists posing a threat to a peaceful society.
The Hungarian Parliament had rejected an amendment put forward by the main opposition party Fidesz to add to the bill an amendment making crimes by Hungary's pro-Nazi and communist regimes.
Some 550,000 Hungarian Jews and 50,000 Gypsies were murdered in the Holocaust.