Head of Hungarian Jewish Community Ousted
The head of Hungary's top organization representing Jewish communities resigned on Sunday after losing a vote of confidence.
Dr. Peter Feldmajer, President of the Hungarian Jewish Community, stepped down after 49 members out of 89 expressed no confidence in his leadership at a general meeting of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, the AFP news agency reported.
According to Hungarian media, some members of the federation criticized his leadership in recent years with the US-based Claims Conference on reparations for Holocaust survivors.
A new vote must now be held within a month to choose a new leader for Hungary's 100,000-strong Jewish community, considered one of Europe's largest.
“Budapest is a city that has preserved the glorious history of Jews, as well as their disasters,” Feldmajer told the World Jewish Congress last week as the organization convened its annual meeting in Hungary this year in solidarity with the country’s Jewish community has suffered a sharp rise in anti-Semitism.