Resigned Hungarian politician meets with rabbi to discuss Jewish roots

Click photo to download. Caption: Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi. Credit: Jobbik.( Recently resigned Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi, who belonged to a far-right party that has often been openly anti-Semitic and this summer discovered that his grandparents were Orthodox Jews, met with Hungary’s chief Orthodox rabbi, Slomo Koves, to discuss his roots.

Szegedi’s former Jobbik party has 45 seats in Hungary’s 386-seat parliament. His grandparents had apparently survived the Holocaust and chose to hide their Jewish identity. Szegedi only learned of his religious roots in December 2011, and stepped down from Jobbik due to growing pressure from other party members. He does intend to keep his seat in the European parliament.

Jobbik’s leader, Gabor Vona, said Szegedi has not resigned because of his Jewish roots, but instead due to corruption allegations. The party only looks at “what its members do for Hungary,” Vona said.

Koves, after meeting with Szegedi, said he wishes for the politician to “be able to redeem the past years.”

“He can do that best, if, apart from getting to know his own roots, he does everything in his power to keep others from being led astray, like he had been,” Koves said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted on August 6, 2012 .