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Archive for 'Hungary'

Abandon that hope!

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer When I started to write about Hungary 39 years ago, I met many Budapest intellectuals and thought antisemitism and nationalism were not a big problem. When 29 years ago a democratic system was established, I had to acknowledge my big mistake. The specters of the past were kicking and alive. […]

The Holocaust in Hungary: Seventy Years Later

Review by Karl Pfeifer One of the reasons for the hate-campaign against Hungary’s Central European University (CEU) and the law against CEU is that this university does not advocate narrow-minded nationalism and that it is contradicting the fabrication of fake history so dear to Prime Minister Victor Orbán. The Holocaust in Hungary: Seventy Years Later […]

Hungary: the post-communist mafia state

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer Because every morning I read the government newspaper Magyar Idök, Hungarian friends asked me if I am a masochist. No, I am no masochist, my blood pressure is very low and without drinking an espresso without pills, my blood pressure becomes normal by reading this Budapest daily. Their scribblers try […]

The Orban regime takes Horthy’s Hungary as an example

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer I have known the dark ages of Hungary. As a child, during World War Two, I experienced first-hand Hungarian ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism. I managed to avoid deportation and murder in Auschwitz by fleeing to Palestine in 1943, along with 49 other Jewish children. Decades later, I returned to Hungary during […]

Zsolt Bayer, purveyor of hate, in his own words

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum Decent, democratic Hungarians are stunned. The hate-filled, racist, anti-Semitic journalistic hack, Zsolt Bayer, on the recommendation of Zoltán Balog, received the third highest decoration the government can bestow on people of great achievement. János Lázár presented Bayer with the “Hungarian Middle Cross.” The independent media could scarcely […]

Viktor Orbán, the man responsible for the statue honoring the antisemitic Bálint Hóman

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum After several false starts, perhaps today I will finally be able to write the real story behind the ill-fated Hóman statue intended to adorn a relatively small square in downtown Székesfehérvár. I wrote at least three times about the controversy over erecting a statue of a politician […]

The Audi defiance

Guest post by Ken Cameron This is not a story about a new car launch by Audi. This is a story about how one man defied the plans and ambitions of a multinational company, and the consequences that followed. Most people are ready to settle for a quiet life and so it can be difficult […]

Shver tzu zein a Yid*: Australia and Hungary [see update]

In Sydney, Australia: Hilel, a not-for-profit Jewish educational and cultural organisation for students and young adults, approached The Red ­Rattler Theatre in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, about hiring the venue for a series of performances dealing with the Holocaust. Their inquiry was dismissed with an unsigned email that read: “Our policy does not support […]

Orban folds to Russia

Twenty-three years after the last of the Soviet occupation forces withdrew from Hungary, the rightwing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has caved into pressure from Moscow and halted natural gas deliveries to Ukraine. Budapest has announced that it will freeze its gas deliveries to Ukraine, as the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, said his […]

The Roma Holocaust: Remembrance and trivialisation

As Europe’s Roma mark the 70th anniversary of the Porrajmos (Roma Holocaust), elected politicians in both Hungary and the Czech Republic have belittled their suffering. The opposition Socialists have called on Zoltan Balog, minister for human resources, to resign over his recent remarks concerning the Roma Holocaust. Deputy head of parliament’s cultural committee, Agnes Kunhalmi […]