Antal Uhl, a Catholic priest who saved the lives of some 2,000 Hungarian Jews in WWII, was commemorated in Baranyaszentgyörgy, in south-western Hungary, on Saturday.
Uhl, serving as the head of the Hungarian Catholic Mission in Paris during the war, issued membership certificates to Jews which allowed them to move freely and escape, the village’s local council told MTI.
Uhl was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to five months in prison. Before starting to serve his term, Uhl was released on parole so he could return to Hungary. He was assigned to serve as a parson in Baranyaszentgyörgy where he died on April 10, 1982.
After the war, Uhl opposed the deportation of ethnic Germans from Hungary and helped those persecuted during the Communist regime.
Marking the 40th anniversary of his death, a memorial room was inaugurated in a building that functioned as a parish before.
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