Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter congratulates Senator Cardin

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued a statement regarding plans by the Hungarian government to fund a statue honoring Bálint Hóman, one of the architects of Hungary’s anti-Jewish laws and member of the Arrow Cross regime. The Founder and National Spokesperson of the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter, András B. Göllner, issued the following memorandum to Senator Cardin, praising and congratulating his initiative on this important file.

András B. Göllner

András B. Göllner

Dear Senator Cardin:

As the Founder and National Spokesperson of the Canadian civil-rights advocacy group, the Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter, allow me to not only congratulate you, but to say thank you for the courageous and important statement you released today. The leadership you are showing in the United States Senate to unmask the affinity-fraud of Viktor Orbán’s autocratic government is an example to all those who value the principles of democracy, justice, and respect for human dignity.

In their propaganda communiqués, Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán and his diplomatic representatives in Canada and the USA, claim that respect for the victims of the Holocaust is the cornerstone of Hungary’s government, a central element of its identity, that must be respected at all times. As your own statement shows, and those of such credible witnesses as Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, or Randolph L. Braham, the gap between the rhetoric and the political action followed by the Orbán regime inside the trans-Atlantic community is not only enormous but unacceptable. As the Simon Wiesenthal Centre stated last year: “Hungary must choose whether it’s committed to remembrance of the Holocaust or to the distortion of the Holocaust; it cannot have it both ways. Coming on the heels of other actions by the Hungarian government that distort and whitewash the Holocaust in Hungary, these efforts raise legitimate questions about Hungary’s ability to Chair the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2015″. As Hungary’s Chairmanship is winding down, the inconsistencies between the Orbán government’s conduct in Hungary and its posturing abroad is painfully obvious and must be loudly condemned by those who are the custodians of public trust.
In a recent in-depth study, this author outlined the key features of the affinity fraud being perpetrated in North America by Viktor Orbán’s government.

Please feel free to circulate to as many of your colleagues our own testimony. We stand ready to bear witness in any future hearings or initiatives you and your colleagues wish to undertake in this domain. The evidence we have compiled above, coupled to yours, is irrefutable: the Orbán regime uses the pain of Holocaust victims to generate political capital for itself in North America, while resurrecting in Hungary the credibility of those who spent their lives preaching hatred against the Jews. This is not respect, but contempt for the victims of the Holocaust and must be protested and opposed loudly by people who have been elected to uphold the values that we all cherish.

Your press release rightly protests against the raising of a monument using public funds, to a man, Bálint Hóman, who is one of the architects of Hungary’s anti-Jewish laws during the interwar years. Even one such monument is one too many. The fact is, there are dozens of similar monuments in Hungary that have been raised with public funds and ceremoniously unveiled by Mr Orbán’s political colleagues over the years. This is not the first such insult to the victims of the Holocaust, but part of what is by now a political tradition in that country. In addition to the monuments, there are hundreds of political actors in high place in Hungary today, who are actively fomenting hatred against the Jews, and against visible minorities.

The contrast between Viktor Orbán’s rhetoric and actions is most vividly illustrated by the fact that the Hungarian Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture is headed by Dóra Dúró, who is a card carrying member of Hungary’s neo-Nazi party, the Jobbik. This appointment was only made possible by the support of Orbán’s party colleagues in Parliament. If respect for the memory of Holocaust survivors is the cornerstone of Hungary’s ruling party, why did they elect a neo-Nazi party member to the head of this important parliamentary committee? Dúró is the wife of an out and out, self-confessed Holocaust denier, Előd Novák. Here is Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre: “the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture was going to Dóra Dúró, the wife of Jobbik militant and Holocaust denier Elod Novak, raise questions about Hungary’s commitment to accurate and appropriate remembrance of the Holocaust. When Novak was asked last week why the couple does not take part in Holocaust commemoration events, he answered ‘we remember only genocides that actually happened’.” ( See: “Simon Wiesenthal Center Questions Hungary’s Fitness to Lead International Holocaust Body”, May, 2014)

If the memory of the victims of the Holocaust must be respected, why are the works of former Nazis put into the national curriculum of Hungary’s secondary school system, why are the men who spread hatred 70-80 years ago allowed to do the same once more and amongst the most impressionable strata of Hungarian society?

If respect for the victims of the Holocaust is the cornerstone of the Orbán government, why did that government’s national historian, Sándor Szakály, celebrate the “heroism” of Hungary’s pro-Nazi military officers in Canada only a few months ago – officers who held up the liberation of Auschwitz and contributed to the prolongation of World War II?

If respect for victims of the Holocaust is the cornerstone of the Orbán regime, why are the President and Vice President of Hungary’s Parliament, Mr László Kövér and Sándor Lezsák, patrons of artists, writers, politicians who preach nothing but hatred for the Jews?

One of Orban’s top PMO lieutenants, the homophobic Imre Kerényi, openly gloated that pretty soon the headquarters of the „Tel Aviv-New York axis’, will be levelled to the ground, and there will be nothing left but goats grazing on the site of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. When journalists questioned Orbán about the pro-Iranian, pro-Russian, anti-American hatred spewed by one of his top advisers, he shrugged his shoulders and said that he wished he had more people like Kerényi on his staff. When will President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including our own prime minister, Justin Trudeau, say out loud to Mr. Orbán – enough is enough? How many more insults will this community take from Hungary’s corrupt and authoritarian leader, before it shows him to the exit?

Dear Senator Cardin: The Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter stands fully behind you and wishes to express its solidarity with your stand. May you and your colleagues in the US Senate take more and bolder steps to uphold justice and civil liberties in Hungary. Such steps are in the common interests of all members of the trans-Atlantic community.

Yours sincerely,

András B. Göllner, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, and
Founder,National Spokespearson
The Canadian Hungarian Democratic Charter

6 Comments

  1. What about Israeli terrorism, apartheid and genocide? What about Palestinians’ right to life, peace and to their land?
    Do you really think you have the right to criticise and to condemn others?
    Judgement day is coming!!!!

    [THE REMAINDER OF ELIZABETH’S LENGTHY ANTISEMITIC COMMENT HAS BEEN DELETED. ELIZABETH, POST ELSEWHERE. YOUR COMMENTS ARE NOT WELCOME HERE–HFP.]

    • Charlie London says:

      I think all of this person’s posts are antisemitic, xenophobic, racist and fascistic – or simply just plain nasty.

      In England there was a well known advertiserment billboard with a picture of three brains.

      Two were normal identical sized brains, the third tiny.

      Under the first it said “the brain of a white person”.

      Under the second one it said “the brain of a black person”

      Under the third tiny one?

      The brain of a racist.

      I think you should block this person permanently, Chris.

      • Christopher Adam says:

        I agree, Charlie. Elizabeth tried to post another lengthy and deeply racist comment, and also theatened to “take action” against our “anti-Hungarian” writers at HFP. She is welcome to try…

        • She seems to me a messenger, she speaks like and acts like a messenger. She won’t talk to anyone. And the message is clear:
          “it’s not yours, it’s all mine, and I’m gonna destroy the whole world and everything if I cannot have it my way”.
          I can hear this message all day everywhere coming from the same source. Bullhorns, they are here and there and everywhere. It’s only wrapped into racism.

  2. Elizabeth,

    what you wrote about the Jews trying or practically already controlling the world is true, the only problem is that they are not the Jews. The Jews are who were put to death, the Holocaust. Who are you calling Jews?

    100 – 800 AD an incredibly evil society emerged in Khazaria and was ruled by and evil king who was familiar with the ancient Babylonian black arts and had occult oligarch serving him. The Khazarians became thieves, murderers, road bandits and they caused tremendous damage to the neighboring countries. They practiced secret Satanism that involved occult ceremonies featuring child sacrifice, after “bleeding them out”, drinking their blood and eating their hearts.

    800 AD The Khazarian king was given a choice between Islam, Christianity and JUDAISM . The Khazarian king chose JUDAISM (they were not and pure JUDAISM existed before he made his choice) and promised to stay within the requirements laid out by the surrounding confederacy of nations led by the Russian czar. Never kept his promise and eventually about 1,200 AD Russia and the surrounding nations have had enough and took action and destroyed Khazaria. But the Khazarian leaders had a well-developed spy network and could manage to escape to European nations to the west, taking their vast fortune with them in gold and silver. Their leadership fall in the hands of the Bayer family that assumed the “red coat of arms” name the Rothschild. The RKM was brought to life under false Judaism. THEY do that what you speak about. They are not the Jews. The Jews were mass murdered. Hitler was a Rothschild too. Bibi is bleeding out Israel and exposes his country to a nuclear strike.

    Israel and the Jews, the real Jews and those criminals who infiltrated the world, Israel, who hide behind the Jews and Judaism. Please make difference between the Jews, the Holocaust and the incredibly evil work of the RKM that goes beyond human imagination.

    Source: Preston James, Ph.D
    Mike Harris
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  3. Free Palestine! Just for the fun of being called a racist.

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