Hungarians don Jude stars in protest

Dozens of Hungarians wearing paper yellow stars with the word “Jude” protested recent anti-Semitic and racist incidents in Hungary.

On June 7, four days after an attack on a Jewish cemetery near Budapest, some 120 Hungarians lined up in protest on the bank of the Danube in downtown Budapest wearing stars with the German word for “Jew.” During the Nazi era, Jews were forced to wear the yellow-colored stars as a means of identification.

The Budapest demonstration was in response to the desecration of the Szekesfehervar cemetery, located southwest of the capital, as well as an attack on Jozsef Schweitzer, a former chief rabbi in Hungary.

In a letter to the country’s Jewish leaders, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, expressed his “indignation” at the cemetery attack and ordered the Interior Ministry to track down the perpetrators as soon as possible.

Stars of David were spray-painted on walls and tombstones of the cemetery and crossed out. Profanities and anti-Jewish slogans also were spray-painted. — jta