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Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | 16/06/2006

The status of Hungarian Jews

A citizens' action group in Hungary wants Hungarian Jews to be accorded the status of a national minority. Religious scholar Geza Komoroczy points out that the project is causing concern among many Hungarian Jews, the majority of whom are secular and speak Hungarian as their first language. "They remember that back in 1944 the Jews were first counted by the Hungarian authorities and then deported. They know that in principle even today it's possible to misuse lists of minorities." Nonetheless, Komoroczy calls for Jewish culture to be given more prominence in public life. "People can forget their Jewish origins, or make them invisible if they want to. But those who are seeking to define their identities with regard to others should try to emphasise this difference."

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