>> A planned new Holocaust museum in Budapest is dividing Hungary's Jewish community and triggering international concerns that it will downplay the role of Hungarians in the World War II genocide. Much of the concern comes from the actions of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Hungary was allied to Nazi Germany during the war and deported about half a million Jews, who later died in German death camps in Poland.
In 2014, Orban's government erected a monument to victims of the Nazi occupation that critics said depicted Hungarians themselves as only passive victims, absolving them of guilt. He's also angered some Jewish groups with remarks about ethnic uniformity. That, even though he's declared a policy of zero tolerance on anti-Semitism and transferred ownership of the museum from the government to the unified Hungarian Jewish congregation last month.
One of the group's criticizing the museum is Israel's own World Holocaust Remembrance Center. They say it avoids addressing the role of Hungarian leaders in persecuting Jews even before the war and then the later deportations. In addition to the deportations, tens of thousands of other Jews were killed by Hungarians after being herded into ghettos.
The museum is set to focus on personal histories, with a particular focus on children.