Hungary to Sell Communist Relics to Benefit the Victims of Last Month’s Red Sludge Flood

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BUDAPEST (AP).- Hungary will auction off 230 communist-era relics, including a life-size bust of former Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin, to benefit the victims of last month’s red sludge flood. The objects, which also include paintings in the Socialist realism style and photographs of Hungary’s communist-era leaders, were found in state warehouses and ministries “where they have been gathering dust for the past 20 years,” Bence Retvari, Hungary’s state secretary, said Monday. “The state does not want to look after these communist relics anymore,” he added. The auction will be held Dec. 6 at the Pinter Gallery in the capital, Budapest. The revenue will go to Caritas, a Catholic charity, to help residents in several western towns left devastated by an Oct. 4 flood of toxic red sludge from a plant reservoir. Ten people died in the deluge and dozens were injured. Gallery owner Peter Pinter said he hoped the most valuable objects would go to a single bidder so “they could then be dona