Work completed overnight on WWII monument

A controversial Nazi occupation monument was erected in downtown Budapest in the middle of the night after an appeals court rejected a petition to halt its construction.

Workers completed the main components of the memorial in Freedom Square after midnight on July 20.

Critics of the monument, which depicts Hungary as an angel being attacked by a German eagle, say it glosses over Hungary’s active role in sending some 450,000 Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust.

The Hungarian government disputes the interpretation, arguing the figure attacked represents all victims of fascism and not the Hungarian state.  — jta