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UNESCO grants its patronage for Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has undertaken to be chief patron of Holocaust Memorial Year 2014 in Hungary.

The attention that the Memorial Year will receive in 2014 thanks to UNESCO is both an opportunity and a responsibility, the Minister of State heading the Prime Minister’s Office, János Lázár, stressed.

Remembrance will play a key role in the Hungarian education system next year. Every school from which children or teachers were deported during World War II will display a commemorative plaque in memory of the victims, Minister of State Lázár said. He also mentioned that an education centre will be set up at the Józsefváros Train Station in Budapest, which will present the history of World War II, including the Holocaust. The project is receiving 20 million euros in funding. In addition to this, 5 million euros will be allocated to memorial events organised by NGOs, education institutes and churches; their applications will be assessed in December.