After Israel, Hungary has largest proportion of citizens with Jewish origins

A far larger proportion of Hungarian citizens have partial Jewish origins than the residents of any other country in the world, with the exception of Israel — this, according to a study conducted by statistician Daniel Sztacki, the Jewish People Policy Institute and the MyHeritage website. Based on DNA test results submitted by 4,981 residents of Hungary, fully 7.6 percent came back showing Jewish origins of at least 25 percent, indicating one or more Jewish (generally Ashkenazi) grandparent.

Compare the 7.6 percent proportion in Hungary to just 3.5 percent in the United States and 3.0 percent in Canada. What is perhaps even more fascinating is that 12.5 percent of Hungarian respondents were at least 10 percent Jewish, compared to only 4.7 percent in the U.S. and 4 percent in Canada. A total of 4.2 percent of respondents from Hungary received results showing that they were at least 50 percent Jewish.

View of Central Budapest from the Dohány Street Synagogue.

As an aside, I only discovered five years ago, through an Ancestry.ca DNA test, that I am 53 percent Jewish. Like a great many people in Hungary, I had no knowledge of the fact that my father’s family was Jewish. The study by Mr. Sztacki notes that in Hungary it was particularly common for parents and grandparents to consciously conceal the family’s suffering during the Holocaust and their Jewish origins from their children and grandchildren, due to a lingering fear of antisemitism.

Based on these numbers, Mr. Sztacki suggests that the number of residents of Hungary who are at least 50 percent Jewish stands at around 130,000. This number should give government statisticians and those involved in the census in Hungary some pause, as official figures significantly underestimate the size of Hungary’s Jewish community. Figures from 2013 placed this at just 10,985 (this is the number of people who would have self-identified as Jewish), but researchers in Hungary have generally estimated the actual number, based on the origins of one of more parents, at being much closer to the estimate provided by Mr. Sztacki.

13 Comments

  1. Fascinating! Both my maternal grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary (my grandmother as a girl in 1893, and my grandfather as a young man in 1903 through Ellis Island). My mom, now deceased, had said she had a suspicion that she might have some Jewish ancestry, but my ancestry DNA test didn’t show it. My first test showed 2% possible Ashkenazi ancestry, but a recent revision to their results dropped it. So, I don’t know what to think! I do know they say these commercial DNA tests are not that rigorous, so maybe with a more in-depth test something would show up. I know that I showed no Native American ancestry, but my brother’s test showed up with about 3%. Maybe, I should have one of my sisters tested to see what their results would be!

  2. The good news is that if any of the people who find they are part or all Jewish and decide as a result to embrace their heritage, they can do so openly and publicly, given that in Hungary they are about 50 times less likely to have the bejesus beaten out of them on the street, just for identifying themselves as Jewish, according to Jewish monitoring groups themselves.

    Careful though, because things might change. Leftist opposition is embracing the party, whose followers tend to be the usual suspects in the rare violent antisemitic attack in Hungary. Not only that, but they also want to massively colonize Hungary with the same demographic, which is responsible for the surge we are seeing in Western Europe of such disgusting attacks.

    Author just revealed he is part Jewish. Is that the future he wants for his fellow Jews in Hungary? Based on the effort he is putting into promoting that future, it seems the answer is yes!

    • Reality Check says:

      The vast majority of anti-Semitic violence is committed by the far right – Joe and his friends.

      https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/feb/15/antisemitism-rising-sharply-across-europe-latest-figures-show

      • Oh Dear!

        Did you hear that German authorities are accused of downplaying Muslim antisemitic attacks?

        https://www.jta.org/2019/06/14/global/germany-is-accused-of-downplaying-anti-semitic-attacks-by-muslims

        Same government which took five days to address the mass-orgy perpetrated against at least 1,200 women, which were sexually molested or raped in a single night on German streets, by Merkel’s guests. They had high hopes of silencing the women by not making it public, relying on their typical feelings of shame and fear of being accused of racism for coming forward. They know that once a few women get the ball moving in sexual assault cases, most other victims come out in solidarity. Disgraceful!

        Jewish groups themselves are saying something completely different from what the authorities claim. But, I guess in the defense of the ultimate grand globalist dream of exterminating the distinct native ethno-cultural entities of Europe through mass colonization, Jews, Women victims, Gays, they can all be thrown under the buss.

        I recommend you read this NYT article about the true face of antisemitism in Sweden, which includes some interesting stats:

        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/opinion/sweden-antisemitism-jews.html

        Uncomfortable indeed! Only 5% of attacks attributed to right wing. When this article appeared, Sweden’s former prime minister was busy promoting the Swedish antisemitism = “far right” angle in the MSM. That is the comfortable angle that is being promoted, including through the kinds of BS stats that Germany released recently, which increasingly lacks a bare minimum of credibility, except with the likes of you.

  3. Karl Pfeifer says:

    The Hungarian race law of 1941 was bad enough.
    To say that a person is 53 percent Jewish is nonsense, for to be a Jew is not a question of DNA. A Jew or Jewess is a person, whose mother is Jewish or who converted.
    It is correct to say that only those who are members of a Jewish community in Hungary are Jews. So there are not more of 15.000 Jews in Hungary. To make out of others “Jews” is racism used by Hungarian antisemites.

    • Christopher Adam says:

      I would suggest that we all have the right to choose an identity and also to have multiple identities. I feel a certain cultural affinity with many aspects of Jewish culture and heritage, and I have since I was a teenager–nearly two decades before the results of my DNA tests came back. The difference after finding out these results is that I felt I had an obligation to give back in some way to the local Jewish community in Ottawa, where I live. As such, for the past two years, I sit on the Board of Directors of one of the community’s main charitable agencies.

      My father’s Jewish heritage and my family’s experiences in the Holocaust, and the impact of learning the results of this DNA test, have played a role in forming my identity. At the same time, I am a practicing Catholic, my mother tongue is Hungarian and I was born and socialized in Canada. Identities are complex, multifaceted and they can change over time.

  4. György Lázár says:

    In 1983, the Reform Jewish Movement representing the majority of North-American congregations declared that Jewish who has one Jewish parent (i.e. mother or father)… According to Prof. Kovács there might be up to 150,000 people live in Hungary today who were born in a family with one Jewish parent.

  5. Karl Pfeifer says:

    Christopher Adam I think DNA is a wonderful tool for the police to catch perpetrators. In contradiction to many other religions, Jews do not try to convert others. As a matter of fact they make conversion difficult.
    György Lázár usually journalists write about 100.000 Jews in Hungary. This is absolutely wrong. In Mazsihisz and the Chabad community there are
    probably 12.000 members. And in the reform communities about 1000.
    A few years ago, Viktor Orbán spoke at a meeting of WJC in Budapest about we Hungarians and the Jews. I was interviewed at the time by ATV and said that Orbán is a “Jewmaker”.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhgeuwCGGE)
    Hungarian Jews always were Hungarian patriots. They refused after the First World War to be a minority. And most of those who remained in Hungary after 1944 hoped that the Non-Jewish Hungarians forgive them the Shoah. Unfortunately this did not happen, not under Rakosi, not under Kádár and certainly not after 1989. Antisemitism and hatred of the cigány is as rampant as homophobia. Of course there is a minority of Hungarians who are not antisemite, who do not hate cigány and are not homophobes.

  6. György Lázár says:

    Dear Karl, I’m curious what is the basis of your numbers, You seem to dismiss Prof. András Kovács 80,000-120,000, Prof. Tamás Stark 64,000-114,000 etc. numbers. Well, in the US there are 6-7 million citizens considered Jewish but only 600-800,000 affiliated with religious or other Jewish organizations.. . Are you saying that 12,000 affiliated with Jewish congregations in Hungary? BTW Chabad is a tiny insignificant group in Hungary established in 1989 and have 13 families (schluchim) with a couple of dozen followers. .this is according Rabbi Kotlarsky Chabad world leader from NYC.

  7. I am not a statistician as such but I can tell a troll from a person who walks on the path of righteousness. (An example of the former is Joe.

    Joe (who?) has just told us above that Hungary’s Jews are 50 times safer in Hungary, than anywhere else in the world. I will quote him for those who may have short term memory issues in this underpass. “The good news is that if any of the people who find they are part or all Jewish and decide as a result to embrace their heritage, they can do so openly and publicly, given that in Hungary they are about 50 times less likely to have the bejesus beaten out of them on the street, just for identifying themselves as Jewish, according to Jewish monitoring groups themselves.” No kidding, Joe?

    Here are the facts based on the figures of the Anti Defamation League’s Global 100 survey released in 2014. „Hungary is the most anti-Semitic country in Eastern Europe… Unlike most of Europe, the level of antisemitism in Hungary is highest among the young, at the rate of 50% among adults under the age of 35. The data shows that in Hungary, the level of those who answered “probably true” to at least 3 of the 4 traditional anti-Semitic stereotypes tested rose to 63 percent of the population, compared with 47 percent in 2009 and 50 percent in 2007.Anti semitism in Hungary grew at the fastest rate in all of Europe after the election to power of Viktor Orbán in Hungary.”

    Why do we see such rapid escalation in hatred towards the Jews in Hungary under Viktor Orbán’s autocracy? Because this autocracy talks out of both sides of its mouth. It does not practice at home, what it preaches abroad. It decorates and rewards those who participated in the murder of the Jews (Horthy, Prohászka, Nyirő, Wass, etc) and those who spread hatred against the Jews in Hungary today (Bayer).

    It is because of the Orbán regime’s persistent efforts to take global Jewry for a ride, that the late Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and Randolph L. Braham returned all of their awards to the Orbán government.

    For an article on how Hungary’s Canadian Ambassador, Bálint Ódor is taking Canada’s Jews for a ride please read the following piece in this portal. http://hungarianfreepress.com/2015/11/25/is-hungary-taking-canadas-jews-for-a-ride/

    • I meant 50 x less likely than in most West European countries. If you read my entire comment, I would think it is pretty obvious that is what I was referring to. It seems very desperate of you to try to pretend you did not comprehend. And yes, it is true.

      Compare with Germany for instance: https://www.france24.com/en/20190213-anti-semitism-hate-crime-jews-germany-afd

      62 violent attacks against a much smaller and less visible Jewish population (Germany Jews mostly learned to hide their identity in public). There were Zero violent attacks in Hungary in 2017, three in 2018. And like I said, the usual suspects tend to be Jobbik suporters. Same Jobbik that the left is courting.

      France is a lot worse in terms of violent attacks, So is UK, Sweden and so on.

      So yes, I can back that with verifiable facts!

    • „Compare with Germany for instance“ = Fidesz but not only equals AfD

      „Leading AfD members, aside from railing against Islam and multiculturalism, have also made comments that play down the Holocaust.

      Party co-leader Alexander Gauland described Nazi Germany’s industrial-scale murder of Jews and other minorities as a mere “speck of bird poo in over 1,000 years of successful German history”.

      Another leading AfD politician, Bjoern Hoecke, has criticised the sprawling Holocaust memorial in Berlin as a “monument of shame”.

      The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, and other Jewish community leaders have accused the AfD of fomenting hate against refugees, Muslims and Jews.”

      The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, and other Jewish community leaders have accused the AfD of fomenting hate against refugees, Muslims and Jews.

      Joe have you read your source at all or don’t you understand what it says … it says the same thing András B. Göllner wrote.

  8. @ Joe

    “Germany Jews (sic) mostly learned to hide their identity in public”

    Joe, are you trying to tell us that you are a “Germany Jew” ? What are you afraid of? Why ARE you hiding your identity in public, Joe? Could it be that you’re the the person who stole the kishka from the butcher shop? Don’t worry be happy. I can support with verifiable facts that this underpass is 100 times safer for wondering Jews than any place in Hungary. My hands are tied. This is a nuclear free zone. We even have a fiddler on the roof.

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