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Catholic university’s Holocaust course

June 2nd, 2015

Conservative pundits disagree over a decision by the Péter Pázmány Catholic University to launch a mandatory course on the Holocaust.

In Magyar Hírlap, Zsolt Bayer calls the idea ‘perverse’. He asks whether the university really means what it says when it declares that no degrees will be granted to students who do not pass the Holocaust test. He believes Holocaust Studies will become a carbon copy of what “Scientific Socialism” was like in Hungary’s universities under  Communism.  Bayer says making the Holocaust course mandatory is the “best way to spur anti-Semitism”.
In Magyar Nemzet, Róbert Puzsér welcomes the initiative, as in his view right-wing intellectuals have neglected their moral duty to face the role of Hungary’s officialdom and society in the Holocaust. Thus the left has had a monopoly in representing the tragedy of the victims and the grief of the survivors, and has turned this into a political weapon. Current attitudes toward history in Hungary are poisonous, and resemble a civil war, Puzsér warns.