Topic - Janos Kenedi

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  • File - A crowd of over 10,000 gather for the opening of the Terror House, a museum dedicated to the horrors of communism and the building where people were interrogated and tortured, Budapest, Hungary, in this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002 file photo. People spied on by Hungary's communist-era secret police would have the right to destroy their surveillance reports under a government proposal historians say would damage the country's ability to acknowledge its past. Maria Schmidt, director of Budapest's House of Terror museum, said she hoped lawmakers would rethink the plan. "If these files are handed over, facts and connections will be no longer be able to be researched," Schmidt said. (AP Photo/Eileen Kovchok, file)

    Historians want Hungary communist files protected

    People spied on by Hungary's communist-era secret police will have the right to destroy their surveillance reports under a government proposal historians say would damage the country's ability to acknowledge its past.

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  • "All victims have the right to ask the state security archives to classify any files relating to them for 90 years," Kenedi said. "But anyone who cuts out pages from the original files with a razor denies others the right to access their own history."

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  • "The government thinks it can put an end to the past," Kenedi said. "For Fidesz, history starts and ends with them and what came before in Hungarian history does not exist. Their aim is collective amnesia."

    Historians want Hungary communist files protected →

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