Hungarian official retracts comparing George Soros to Hitler

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After facing strong condemnation, a Hungarian commissioner has begrudgingly retracted an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Szilard Demeter, head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion Saturday in the pro-government Origo media outlet. “that Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber” for spreading his liberal views. The comments drew outrage from Hungary’s Jewish community, including the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, which called the article “tasteless” and “unforgivable.”  In a statement Sunday, Demeter said he would retract his article “independently of what I think” and will delete his Facebook page.