BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says many Hungarians "chose evil over good, the shameful over the honorable" during the Holocaust.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban's statement was a rare acknowledgement of Hungarians' responsibility in the Holocaust, when some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed.
Critics have accused Orban's government of downplaying Hungary's role by trying to place most of the blame on Nazi Germany and avoiding mention that many deportations to death camps were carried out by Hungarian authorities following German orders.
Orban paid homage at a Jewish cemetery to Hungarian Jews killed in World War I, contrasting their sacrifice with the horrors of the Holocaust.
Orban said Monday that 70 years on, "the path going from the heroic Hungarian Jewish camaraderie of World War I to the concentration camps is incomprehensible."