Antisemitism

Andrew Bennett, in the middle, with Ambassador Bálint Ódor and Csaba Latorcai to the left.

Hungary is “an especially welcoming country,” according to Vancouver Jewish community leaders

Csaba Latorcai, the Orbán government’s deputy state secretary in charge of religious groups, minorities and affairs relating to the Jewish community, just wrapped up what was likely a very successful trip to Canada. Hungary’s state news agency (MTI) published quite a gushing report of the unbridled successes of the week-long Canada-wide tour, where Mr. Latorcai was accompanied, for most of […]

by · December 3, 2015 · Antisemitism
Holocaust commemorations, public memory and antisemitism in Hungary: A video interview with András Heisler

Holocaust commemorations, public memory and antisemitism in Hungary: A video interview with András Heisler

HFP’s Hungarian-language sister publication, the Kanadai Magyar Hírlap, published a lengthy and–we think–insightful interview with András Heisler, the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), during his official visit to Canada this week. Mr. Heisler was coming alongside Deputy State Secretary Csaba Latorcai and spent five days in Canada, meeting with various levels of federal government, including the […]

by · December 2, 2015 · Antisemitism
Lory and Endre

Holocaust and identity: A video interview with my father’s cousin in Israel

My father’s cousin is a retired engineer who moved to Israel with his wife, Lory, over four decades ago. Endre Borsai now lives in a retirement home in Haifa, with his wife. On December 31st, 1999, as the twentieth century drew to a close, he wrote a lengthy letter–a very personal testimony–of our family’s experiences during World War II and, […]

by · October 26, 2015 · Antisemitism
Géza Szőcs

Géza Szőcs – promoter of anti-Semitic writers at the Göteborg Book Fair

Géza Szőcs, a Romanian-born poet, is one of the foremost promoters of Hungary’s anti-Semitic writers from the Transylvania region (today part of Romania). He was invited to the Göteborg Book Fair. According to the official program, Mr. Szőcs is scheduled to appear on Saturday, September 26th, in the afternoon, with Ms. Katalin Mezey as moderator. We protest the invitation of […]

by · September 26, 2015 · Antisemitism
Ferenc Kumin with Rabbi Hoffman in Budapest.

Rabbi Hoffman responds to HFP: Orbán government is a devoted, outstanding friend of Jewish community

Dear Editor, Recently while searching for some news items and articles about Hungarian Jews and the relationship between the Hungarian government and Jewish interests in Hungary and abroad, I was very surprised or rather shocked to read some articles by the author György Lázár in the Hungarian Free Press, in which he is accusing the Hungarian government and particular the […]

by · September 13, 2015 · Antisemitism
Rabbi Andrew Baker (left) Michael Georg Link (next too him) and Péter Szijjártó (across).

Antisemitism in Hungary: Talk is not enough, real action needed

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued a statement a few weeks ago on antisemitism in Hungary, during a joint visit to Budapest by Michael Georg Link, the director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and Rabbi Andrew Baker of Washington, DC. The Hungarian media quoted parts of the statement, but did not […]

by · July 28, 2015 · Antisemitism
Mr. Ferenc Kumin and Rabbi Arthur Schneier.

Did Consul General Ferenc Kumin trick an elderly Holocaust survivor rabbi?

Tad Stahnke from Human Rights First has published an article in which he warns American lawmakers not to be “duped” by the Fidesz government’s “charm offensive.” Here is a story about the communication tricks Hungarian diplomats play in the United States. Ferenc Kumin is 40 years old and the Consul General of Hungary in New York. Before this position, he […]

by · July 16, 2015 · Antisemitism
László Zábori.

Holocaust-denier and Kuruc.info author works as high school teacher in Budapest

A small Jewish activist group called The Voice of Six Million Souls has long been working to uncover the identities of the people behind the neo-Nazi Kuruc.info website, which is known for publishing the most revolting examples of Holocaust denial and hate speech of any Hungarian publication. Some months ago, I had been in touch by telephone with this group, as it is well-known that the owner of Kuruc.info’s domain (which is registered […]

by · June 16, 2015 · Antisemitism
Ibi Gábori at the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC) conference, held at the University of Ottawa on June 1st, 2015. Photo: Christopher Adam

The testimony of a Hungarian Canadian Auschwitz survivor (video)

Ibi Gábori is an 87 year old Hungarian Canadian survivor of Auschwitz, who shared her experiences of the Holocaust at the 2015 conference of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada (HSAC), held at the University of Ottawa from May 30th to June 1st, 2015. Ms. Gábori’s talk formed part of a special panel on the Holocaust. She spoke about growing […]

by · June 2, 2015 · Antisemitism
The PPKE campus in the town of Piliscsaba, located 25 km north of Budapest.

Hungarian Catholic university requires all students to study Holocaust

Hungary’s Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE) has become the first institution of higher education in Europe to make Holocaust courses a graduation requirement in all programs offered by the school. This means that PPKE undergraduates are now all required to take two courses, regardless of discipline, namely: an introduction to the Roman Catholic faith and a Holocaust history survey course. […]

by · May 27, 2015 · Antisemitism