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La Repubblica - Italy | 09/05/2011

Nazi trial warning to Hungarian far right

The trial against alleged NS war criminal Sándor Képíró began last Thursday in  Budapest. Képíró reportedly participated in the massacre of over 1,000 people in Novi Sad in 1942. Writing in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem hopes that the court's judgement will serve to deter other right-wing extremists: "In view of the current situation in Hungary and above all the frightening election success of the right-wing extremist party Jobbik, which pursues a patently anti-Semitic and anti-Roma policy and openly professes its sympathy and nostalgia for Hungary's fascist past during the Second world War, the Képíró trial can send an important message: anti-Semitism and xenophobia can lead to violence with terrible consequences. ... We can only hope that the justice wins out and the court not only condemns and punishes Képíró but delivers a fatal blow to the forces of intolerance, racism and anti-Semitism that threaten Hungary's democratic future."

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