FBI director is right on Hungary’s wartime responsibility

James Comey, the director of the FBI, in a speech that was reprinted in The Washington Post, said that those who lived in Eastern Europe during World War II share responsibility for the mass murder of Jews.

He said: “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.”

Mr. Comey is right. The first large scale massacre of Jews from Hungary in 1941 could not have happened without the full support of the Hungarian Government and the approval of pro-fascist ruler Admiral Horthy. Today Holocaust revisionists frequently claim that Jews in Hungary were not in danger until the spring of 1944 when the Germans took over the country. Wrong!

Kamenets-Podolsky massacre. The mass killing could not have been possibility without the collaboration of Hungarian authorities and the Horthy regime.

The Kamenets-Podolsky massacre. The mass killing could not have taken place without the collaboration of Hungarian authorities and the complicity of the Horthy regime in the murder.

Between 1939 and 1941, the Hungarian authorities locked up thousands of Jews claiming that they are not Hungarians, and they were marched to certain death at Kamenets-Podolsky. The actual killing was done by the Germans in the summer of 1941, but the massacre would have never taken place without the active participation of the Hungarian authorities. In fact, at that time prominent non-Jewish Hungarian politicians (Mr. Károly Rassay and Sister Margit Slachta) accused the Horthy-regime of complicity in the massacre.

Hungarian MP Sister Margit Slachta protested the Horthy-regime’s complicity in the Kamenetsk-Podolsky massacre.

Hungarian MP Sister Margit Slachta protested the Horthy-regime’s complicity in the Kamenetsk-Podolsky massacre.

In August 1941, for three days, thousands of Jews were marched to killing pits by policemen, and were murdered by members of Einsatzgruppe. (The Einsatzgruppen were so-called ‘task forces’ that effectively operated as mobile killing squads in Eastern Europe.) From the 18,000 Hungarian deportees, about 16,000 were buried in the mass graves of Kamenets-Podolsky, Stanislawow, Chortkow, or were thrown into the gas chamber of the Belzec extermination camp.

Anne Applebaum writes in The Washington Post:

“The wartime government of Adm. Miklós Horthy did pass anti-Semitic legislation and did align itself with the Nazis. But the mass murder and deportation of the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz began only in March 1944, when that government dissolved and was replaced with a straightforward German occupation. Once the Hungarian state had been dissolved, in other words, Hungary also became a lawless, violent zone where anything was possible.”

Ms. Applebaum is utterly wrong. The mass murder and deportation of Hungarian Jews, and non-Hungarian Jews who had initially sought refuge in Hungary, started three years earlier at Kamenets-Podolsky, under the watchful eyes of Admiral Horthy.

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György Lázár

4 Comments

  1. That’s correct and it is a significant step ahead. It caught me by surprise why Comey, though. That…. something is going on there, something has started and I believe it’s just the beginning. I mean toward the public. My guessing is that many of them has enough of the Nazi command in the world today’s power struggle and a silent war has been going on behind the scene for long.

    Grzegorz Schetyna kicked up a fuss instantly, let’s see what Orban is going to do with it. Orban can protest or can sue Comey – faithfully to his old habit – that might force Comey to come out with evidence and makes everything worse. Alternatively he might attend his darling Pancho arena, places Comey’s cardboard cutout on the goal-line and performs a penalty kick. We know the rest, his favorite projectile – the ball – will ricochet from the goalpost and becomes a boomerang. Orban will rush to Liberty Square, transmogrifies himself into Gabriel Archangel and shoos away that ugly Comey. Today’s hero. Or start contemplating how he could use this comment against Jobbik after losing Tapolca.

    Funny post isn’t it? Yet, I expect something similarly ridiculous to happen.

  2. Amend : and will shoo away

  3. Avatar Dr. Habil. Andras Fodor says:

    Mr. Lázár, Kedves Gyuri, let me cite from you article one sentence:

    The cited person said: “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.”

    He did not specified Hungary. He said this terribly-thinking people were everywhere, once again: “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places”.

    Why do you specify Hungary?

    These people thought “what they had to do is fight”, because those who should be murdered are guilty.

    Now you are saying exactly the same thing about a whole nation, whom you do actually belong to.

    You think you are better than them?

    I do not think so.

    Your racism is quite similar, only the target people are different.

    You disappointed me again.

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