Court orders Holocaust denier to visit AuschwitzBy Mason White 1:36 PM February 12, 2013
By: Shifra Unger
A court has ordered a Holocaust denier to visit Auschwitz, in order to see for himself what the Holocaust was all about, according to court proceedings in Hungary.
The Hungarian court has given the Holocaust denier his worst punishment.
Gyorgy Nagy, 42, was ordered to visit either the Hungarian Holocaust memorial center, Yad Vashem in Israel or Auschwitz.
Nagy, an unemployed computer technician, is the first Hungarian convicted under country’s new Holocaust denial law, which came into force in February 2010. The Budapest court also gave him an 18-month suspended prison sentence.
If Nagy decides to visit the Holocaust memorial, he will have to make three trips and record his thoughts and observations after the visits.
Nagy was arrested at a political rally in Budapest in 2011, when police realized he was holding a placard with the words: “The Holocaust did not happen.”
In the law of 2010, the government of Hungary made the denial of genocide committed by the Nazi regime, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
The bill to ban the denial or questioning of the Holocaust was presented by Attila Mesterhazy, president of the Hungarian Socialist Party.
Despite the new law, the current Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has recently been criticized by many Jewish organizations of pleasing the nationalists and tolerating anti-Semitism.
In one of the most notable cases, the government of Orban was accused of having approved the naming of a park in Gyomro, a small town on the outskirts of Budapest, after Miklos Horthy, a wartime leader of the country and a close ally of Adolf Hitler.
Orban has also been accused of failing to condemn the anti-Semitic statements made in recent months by some members of far-right Jobbik Party.