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Hungary’s Jews get official recognition as a community

by BUDAPEST (JTA) -- Hungary has signed an accord with local Jewish leaders "to promote the political, social and economic stabilit, The signing ceremony took place on the first full day of Chanukah, in the nation's Parliament.

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In each case, the accords grant official recognition to the religious denomination.

Among its measures, the accord with the Jewish community states that the Hungarian government will back efforts to have Holocaust studies taught in the schools and to have victims of the Holocaust "regularly and in due manner remembered."

Peter Tordai, the president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, said that the government also agreed to erect a memorial honoring Jewish Holocaust victims.

Existing Holocaust memorials were erected by the Jewish community.

Tordai praised the accord as the first undertaken by the government with Hungarian Jewry since 1849.

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