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Holocaust historian returns award to Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Holocaust survivor and historian Randolph L. Braham says he is returning a high state award to Hungary to protest what he says are government efforts to rewrite history and exonerate the country from its role in the Holocaust.

Braham also has asked the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest to remove his name from the BrahamTheque Information Center, which collects his research results and publications.

Braham’s two-volume “The Politics of Genocide: The Holocaust in Hungary,” from 1981, is considered one of the most important books about the subject.

Braham, born in Romania in 1922, said in a letter quoted Sunday by state news wire MTI that the “last drop” leading to his decision was the government plan to erect a statue commemorating the March 1944 invasion of Hungary by the Nazis.

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