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Sep 7, 2016 12:36 PM

NH's Lantos Swett returns Hungary's Knight's Cross award returned in protest

The daughter of Late Congressman Tom Lantos, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, has decided to return the Knight's Cross she was awarded.

Katrina Lantos Swett was awarded the distinguished state award from Hungary in 2009.

Lantos Swett has decided to give the award back because of the government's decision to award the Knight's Cross to Zsolt Bayer.

Lantos Swett said, "Mr. Bayer's despicable record of overt and hateful anti-Semitism and racism is beneath contempt."

She went on to say that Bayer deserved censure, not honor- for his loathsome writings and speech.

Lantos Swett is with "a heavy heart" in returning the Knight's Cross because she had planned on passing it down to her sons and daughters.

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