Prof. Randolph L. Braham is handing back a Hungarian state award in protest at the government’s ‘falsification of history.’
An American professor and prominent Holocaust scholar said Sunday he was handing back a Hungarian state award in protest at the government’s “falsification of history”.
“After following developments in Hungary in recent years, it is with heavy heart that I have made this decision,” Randolph L. Braham, a professor at the City University of New York, wrote in a letter to the Hungarian state news agency MTI.
Braham, 91, who received the award in 2011 for his research on the Holocaust in Hungary, also said he would not permit the use of his name for a department by the Holocaust Museum in Budapest.
“The campaign of history falsification which aims to whitewash the (Miklos) Horthy era, has shocked me,” he said.
Miklos Horthy, Hungary’s controversial leader during World War II, brought in several anti-Jewish laws, and is seen by many as complicit in the mass deportations to Nazi death camps in 1944 which resulted in the deaths of around 450,000 Hungarian Jews.