• Hungary,  Roma

    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 Socialists, said in a statement on Tuesday that Balog had told public Kossuth Radio that no Roma were deported from Hungary during WW2. “His words contradict all historical research and were clearly untrue and intolerable,” Kunhalmi said. The government’s efforts to relativise and deny the Porajmos, the Roma Holocaust in Hungary, are beyond…

  • antisemitism,  Hungary,  Israel

    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 us of the beloved Zionist-Masonic conspiracy theory. In more encouraging news from Hungary, thousands of Jews and non-Jews turned out at Budapest’s Great Synagogue for a rally in support of Israel. (Hat tip: Karl Pfeifer)

  • Hungary

    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, Romania. “I don’t think that our European Union membership precludes us from building an illiberal new state based on national foundations,” Orban said, according to the video of his speech on the government’s website. He listed Russia, Turkey and China as examples of “successful” nations, “none of which is liberal and some of…

  • antisemitism,  Hungary

    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.”

  • antisemitism,  Hungary

    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 nominee has been publishing in such far-right papers as István Csurka’s Magyar Fórum, Kárpátia, and Nemzetőr. Currently, he has a regular column in the far-right Magyar Hírlap and is also a regular on Echo TV, another far-right organ. Tibor Navracsics and Péter Szentmihályi SzabóThe foreign minister is delighted There were commentators whose “breath was…

  • Hungary

    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 Schmidt, the official historian of the Hungarian “Jewish question” in Viktor Orbán’s regime, does not even try to hide her aversion toward the Hungarian “left-liberal” intellectual elite. Moreover, a careful reading of the article reveals that in that hated group the Jews play a prominent role. The whole article is basically an attack…

  • History,  Hungary

    Still about March 19, 1944: a call against the falsification of Hungarian history

    Cross-posted from Eva S. Balogh at Hungarian Spectrum The following letter was sent to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, the Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin, and the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The signatories, as you can see, are from all over the world. The memorial the current Hungarian government, despite months of protests, intends to erect is an important issue because it symbolizes a revisionist interpretation of the Hungarian Holocaust that is inadmissible. Let me express my hope that international public opinion will be able to prevent the erection of a monument that not only the Hungarian…

  • antisemitism,  Hungary

    Solved once and for all times?

    Guest post by Karl Pfeifer The Communist regime of the People Republic of Hungary did not appreciate my articles. They were enough to get me expelled from the country four times between 1980 and 1987. I was accused of being a “political-ideological” saboteur. Austrian diplomats defended my right to report from Hungary. So at the end of 1982, I was informed that the Hungarian authorities would grant me permission to enter the country– if I offered to write about a nonpolitical topic. I was at the time editor of the official monthly of the Jewish community of Vienna. I thought the 100th anniversary of Tiszaeszlár blood libel– an accusation of…

  • antisemitism,  Hungary

    Time for Fidesz apologists to face reality

    With an MP for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party delivering a speech commemorating the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-1849 in which he claimed the revolution failed because of “the Rothschilds and international banks”… And with Hungary’s ambassador to Lebanon visiting a Hezbollah monument and reportedly expressing his admiration for the organization’s “great achievement”… …is it time for Fidesz’s conservative American apologists (for example, The Weekly Standard’s Christopher Caldwell and Republican Congressman Chris Smith) to stop ignoring the evidence and concede that the far-right Jobbik party is not the only repository of antisemitism in Hungary?