Ordinary Hungarians — Őcsény, Fidesz and the Holocaust

András Siewert, the director of Migration Aid, wore a t-shirt with a yellow star bearing the words “Jude,” and underneath it the line “I am a refugee” when he arrived to give an interview to the HírTV news network. He was speaking with prominent journalist Olga Kálmán right after shameful events in the village of Őcsény, where the Orwellian government-sponsored hate campaign against migrants, refugees, George Soros and NGOs bore its fruit. Local residents of this sleepy village of 2,300 in southwestern Hungary went into collective panic mode over news that six or seven refugee children may be brought to Őcsény for a brief vacation and that a local guesthouse owner offered rooms in his establishment to the children and their chaperones from Migration Aid. Ordinary Hungarians slashed the tires on the guesthouse owner, Zoltán Fenyvesi’s cars, because he had agreed to help refugee children, who the local residents claimed were “animals” non-human and would rape the ethnic Hungarian children of Őcsény.

“If I can accommodate poor Hungarian children, and among them very many Gypsy children, I would add, then why not suffering refugee families with children?”–asked the guesthouse owner. His life was threatened by the villagers.

“Get lost, or we will burn down your house!”–roared a village resident during a townhall meeting, according to an account in Magyar Nemzet. Mr. Fenyvesi is not going to flee his village yet, but the community’s mayor has since resigned over the behaviour of locals.

When Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose party is solely responsible for a level of hatred and paranoia not seen in Hungary for decades, was asked about the incidents in Őcsény, he said: “It was quite right that they expressed their opinions categorically, loudly, and clearly.”

When Migration Aid’s András Siewert showed up in HírTV’s studios wearing a yellow star reminiscent of the Holocaust, some people expressed displeasure. Right-wing publicist András Stumpf, for instance, wrote:

“He destroys the credibility of everything that he is talking about. And not by what he says, but by what he arrived in. The good man is shining in a t-shirt bearing a yellow star in front of the cameras. For the less astute, the six pointed yellow star bears the words “Jude,” or Jew,  and next to it in large letters: “I am a refugee.” So what are you trying to say? Perhaps you are a Jew, maybe a Parisian Jew? Maybe you fled to Hungary because of Muslim immigrants? In this context, all of this might be logical. But it isn’t. Siewert speaks Hungarian too well for this. But then what does all of this mean? That the era of the yellow star is coming for the migrants of today? What’s the connection between the 1945 ghetto of Budapest to the Afghani goatherd of today, who has decided to leave his home? I’ll tell you: nothing.”

András Siewert

Except that Mr. Stumpf is mistaken. There is a connection between what happened in Őcsény and the Holocaust. Christopher Browning wrote a book entitled Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. The book, published in 1992, argued that when brutalised by a violent environment or hateful propaganda and given the right circumstances, ordinary humans are capable of committing the most horrific atrocities. Mr. Browning looks specifically at the activities of the German police officers–mobile killing squads–in Poland in 1942. These German police officers were for the most part completely average Germans–lower middle class or working class men, often middle-aged, and with families of their own. Nothing in their past would have suggested the incredible evil that they would engage in, massacring entire communities of Jews.

Obviously, what happened in Őcsény was not a massacre, but I would be much less comfortable ruling out that a massacre could not occur in Hungary today against any identifiable group, and those helping such a group, that the government of Viktor Orbán has decided to systematically demonise. In Őcsény, ordinary grandmothers, grandfathers, parents and everyday Hungarians roared out threats against a local who simply wanted to help refugee women and children, they vandalized his property and threatened to burn his house to the ground, if he chose not to flee his home.

Those who committed mass murder against their fellow compatriots during the Second World War were ordinary Hungarians. And from what we saw this week in Őcsény, many ordinary Hungarians are working themselves into a violent frenzy, seeing women and children as subhumans. For pure electoral gain in 2018, Prime Minister Orbán and his government not only condones this hatred, but is responsible for creating it and for further deepening it.

8 Comments

  1. Hungary does not want a parallel society ( different culture ). Those migrants should go to a country with the same religion. Plus there is a big security risk. Take a look how many attacks in western European countries.

  2. @ Paul

    “Hungary does not want a parallel society ( different culture ) Those migrants should go to a country with the same religion. Plus there is a big security risk.”

    Spoken like a true racist. Keep the dirty little refugee children out of Hungary, hm ? Viktor Orbán would be proud of you, as would his Hungarian Ambassador, Bálint Ódor in Canada.

    Why not ask Mr. Ódor to bring the Hungarian PM to Canada, to preach ethnic cleansing in our House of Commons ? The timing is right – it’s Hungarian Artist Week in Canada’s capital, and Mr. Ódor is such a great supporter of Hungarian culture here in this horrid multicultural wasteland. Right ?

  3. The media is, unfortunately, largely responsible for the attitude of Hungarians. In 2015 the media filled the airways with illegal immigrants and refugees, ignoring the laws, taking over a train station, and running through the country like invaders, etc.. The people crossing into Hungary were portrayed as a herd of animals. The media should take some responsibility for this result also.

  4. Hungary has always fulfilled all the obligations we have on an international level. When the migrants came to Hungary, we have offered them the supply and treatment which is written in the international contracts and regulations. But those people were not ready to go to refugee camps, those people occupied public areas, those people blocked the highways, those people occupied the railway stations…. They refused to cooperate with the local authorities, they refused to go to the refugee camps, and they have violated very important European regulations…”

    Hungary’s foreign minister calls illegal migration a “bad phenomenon” and believes the migrant issue is to blame for the security threat facing Europe.
    “The security situation has never been that bad in Europe than currently in modern history and the threat of terror has never been that serious as it is currently, and this is a direct consequence of the fact that 1.5 illegal migrants were allowed to come to Europe without any kind of control, regulation or check. And with this I don’t say that those 1.5 million are terrorists – of course I don’t say that – but I say such a big, illegal massive influx of people gave the opportunity for terrorist organisations to send their fighters, their terrorists to come to Europe.”
    “Our position is that we should not encourage more people to take the life hazard, life risk to come to Europe, but we should help them to stay as close to their homes as possible. That’s why our initiative has always been to give more financial aid to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, the Kurdish region of Iraq because these entities have been taking care of many refugees,” Szijjarto says.
    Despite disagreements and controversy, Szijjarto says Hungary is committed to staying in the EU: “We have been members of the European Union and we will be members of the European Union – that’s not a question, no one raises this question.”
    Source: Al Jazeera

    This statement was made by Mr. Sijjarto, Foreign Minister. It outlines the start of Hungary’s hostility.

  5. I trust that the horrible events in this godforsaken village is a watershed moment for Hungarians and for Hungarian politics. The endless hate campaign of the Orban gang leads to violence, threats of murder and collective paranoid insanity. Orban is destroying the fabric of Hungarian society and the marks of this destruction will be visible for a generation to come.

  6. Curious George says:

    Typical barbaric behavior only a Hungarian could outdo a German or a Pole- my father hated the Hungarians even more than the Nazis who killed his first family and parents!
    Stories after stories of misuse brutal sadistic nyilas and fascists during his munka szolgalat I saw the Hungarian brutes in July – thugs – once good looking people – now fat thugs all over Budaoest – can’t stand anyone but themselves (or do they?)
    The Muslims on the run should run to join and defend their own lands – BUT, to threaten a village citizen for trying not to look away as those in Mad, and villages that sent their Jewish citizens to death is another ugly matter – nothing will ever change.

  7. Stranded in Sopron says:

    “I trust that the horrible events in this godforsaken village is a watershed moment for Hungarians and for Hungarian politics”

    Unfortunately, I believe it is only the beginning.
    Mr Orban has congratulated the moronic racist thugs of Ocseny for their violence- the nazi scum infesting Hungarian society know now (if they didn`t before) that there are no limits- refugee women and children are now legimate targets according to the PM

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