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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 who [...]

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 to empathise [...]

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 ­colonialism/Zionism. Therefore [...]

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 country [...]

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 of the [...]

Hungarian mayor presides over “hanging” of Netanyahu and Peres

The Jobbik-affiliated mayor of the eastern Hungarian town of Érpatak (population 1,855), Mihály Zoltán Orosz, has presided over the hanging in effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres.
You can watch the grotesque ceremony here:

Note the replacement of the Star of David on the Israeli flag with the Freemason symbol, reminding [...]

Hungarian PM Orban: No more Mr. Liberal

Bloomberg News reports:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wants to abandon liberal democracy in favor of an “illiberal state,” citing Russia and Turkey as examples.
The global financial crisis in 2008 showed that “liberal democratic states can’t remain globally competitive,” Orban said on July 26 at a retreat of ethnic Hungarian leaders in Baile Tusnad, [...]

Antisemitic ambassador quits

After blogger Eva S. Balogh and others called attention to the vicious antisemitism expressed by Hungary’s newly-appointed ambassador to Rome Péter Szentmihályi Szabó, he has told the foreign ministry that he “does not wish to fill any ambassadorial position.”

A raging antisemite will be Hungary’s ambassador to Rome

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
Late Sunday night the media learned that Péter Szentmihályi Szabó, a mediocre poet and political commentator of the far right, will be Hungary’s next ambassador to Rome. Two opposition parties, Democratic Coalition and Együtt-PM, immediately protested against the appointment, pointing out that over the last two decades the [...]

Antisemitism of Hungarian prime minister’s chief ideologist

Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum
In the June 26 issue of Válasz, formerly Heti Válasz, a fairly lengthy article entitled “In the captivity of the past” appeared. It was written by Mária Schmidt whom I earlier described as the “chief ideologist of the current government’s very controversial views on history.”
In this latest article [...]