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February 2, 2013

Basic Law in Hungary guarantees “freedom of expression” except for Holocaust denial

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:00 am

Hungary has set a very bad example in making an exception to their Basic Law which guarantees “freedom of expression.”  This could set the stage for making an exception for Holocaust Denial in America’s 1st Amendment right of free speech.

You can read about the Hungarian Jews who were killed in the Holocaust here.

My blog post today is about a news article which you can read here on the website.

The first ever criminal conviction was handed down for holocaust denial in Hungary on January 31, 2013. The Hungarian court of appeals affirmed a lower court decision and sentenced software developer György Nagy to one and a half years probation for denying the holocaust.

In addition, the court ordered György Nagy to visit either the Páva street Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest or the Auschwitz Memorial Center in Poland or the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem at least three times and describe his thoughts on the visits in an essay.

The lower court had sentenced György Nagy to one and a half years probation and had ordered his supervision for denying the holocaust on June 12, 2012.

Nagy had been taken into custody on October 23, 2011, during a demonstration, as he was holding up a sign in Hebrew that said “The Shoah did not happen.”

During court proceedings, Nagy signed court documents in the ancient Hungarian Rovas script rather than using Latin letters claiming that he had the constitutional right to use his mother tongue.

Nagy and his lawyer have questioned the legal basis of the sentence claiming that criminalizing the denial of the holocaust is contrary to the Basic Law. The court however, stated that in certain cases to protect human dignity the freedom of expression law can be overruled.

So what happens if György Nagy visits one of these “Holocaust Memorial Centers” and writes an essay in which he points out the errors and inconsistencies found there.  For example, if he chooses to visit the “Auschwitz Memorial Center in Poland,” what happens if he points out, in his essay, that the so-called “gas chamber” in the main Auschwitz camp could not possibly have been a real “gas chamber.”  The Auschwitz “gas chamber” is a reconstruction of an alleged “gas chamber” in the morgue of the crematorium.

You can read about the Auschwitz “gas chamber” and see photos of it on my website here.