Antisemitism

Hungarian Post celebrates a fascist in its most recent commemorative stamp.

Hungarian stamp celebrates wartime fascist film star Zita Szeleczky

Many of us in the United States are disturbed that the Hungarian Postal Service has recently issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zita Szeleczky. She is not a role model for today’s Hungarian youth, her support of Hungarian fascism was nothing less than shameful, and as an actress she did not exhibit unusual talents. Who […]

by · April 13, 2015 · Antisemitism
An example of a defaced Holocaust monument in Hungary, with graffiti from 2013. Photo: atv.hu

Half of Budapest residents are anti-Semites? The dramatic spread of Hungarian antisemitism

Medián, one of Hungary’s top polling firms, published the results of a comprehensive and startling study into the scope and nature of antisemitism in Hungary. The poll shows a significant rise in antisemitism, with the number of Hungarians who are seen as “rejecting” Jews on a purely “emotional” level increasing from 9% in 2003 to 23% in 2014. It should […]

by · April 1, 2015 · Antisemitism
Jewish Community Roundtable. Photo: szombat.org

Hungary’s Jewish leaders fail to show common front when faced with Fidesz

Hungary’s main Jewish community weekly magazine, Szombat, published a scathing critique of the country’s Jewish community leaders who, the publication charges, seem to be more interested in demonstrating their loyalty to the Orbán government and in being subservient, than in coordinating their message with each other and showing any signs of community solidarity before heading into meetings with the regime. […]

by · March 8, 2015 · Antisemitism
Mr. Dániel Bodnár of TEV –  didn’t notice criticism of the Orbán Government even though he was present.

Hungary rewrites Samantha Power anti-Semitism speech

Hungarian newsmakers didn’t like UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s criticism of the Hungarian Government’s attempt to rewrite World War II history – so they rewrote her speech. Why not? Hungarian news sources often ignore important stories, but in this case they went one step further; they turned the table and rewrote it. They added lines she never said, a rant about […]

by · March 7, 2015 · Antisemitism
Ákos Kertész

Ákos Kertész in the Jewish Tribune: Orbán orchestrated the anti-Semitic attacks against me

The Toronto-based Jewish Tribune published an important and startling piece, based on an interview with Hungarian author Ákos Kertész, who was forced to flee from Hungary, following a series of brutal anti-Semitic attacks against him. Canada accepts very few refugee claimants from Hungary, but Mr. Kertész’s claim was approved. For some time, Mr. Kertész was not able to speak openly […]

by · November 25, 2014 · Antisemitism
Samantha Power

A warning about Hungary’s institutionalized anti-Semitism

Samantha Power is one of President Barack Obama’s closest confidants and currently U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Ms. Power, who is 44 years old, was formerly Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, and also a noted writer, she won the Pulitzer […]

by · November 15, 2014 · Antisemitism
Hanna Szenes

Remembering Hannah Szenes on the 70th anniversary of her death

Hannah Szenes, who today is considered a national hero in Israel, was born into an assimilated Jewish family in Budapest, on July 17, 1921. Her original given name was Anikó.  The young Anikó’s father, Béla Szenes, was a journalist, playwright and translator. Hanna Szenes attended the Baár-Madas Protestant School. Even then, she had a passion for writing poetry. But the […]

by · November 9, 2014 · Antisemitism
Chancellor Minister Mr. János Lázár (left) inaugurated the statue of fascist WWII criminal Albert Wass in Hódmezővásárhely.

Hungary’s Jews shouldn’t trust Orbán

The Hungarian Government is reaching out to the county’s Jewish community. Mr. János Lázár, Chancellor Minister and a trusted confidant of Prime Minister Orbán, recently wrote a letter to the Alliance of Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz) in an attempt to restore cooperation on the government’s Holocaust Memorial Year, a series of events planned to mark the 70th anniversary of Jewish deportations. […]

by · September 1, 2014 · Antisemitism
Ferenc Falus on the cover of Heti Válasz.

Right-wing weekly probes mayoral candidate’s Jewish “connection”

Coded antisemitism is a familiar phenomenon on the “moderate” Hungarian right (provided that there is still such a thing as moderate, centre-right Hungarian politics). While Jobbik and those to the right of Fidesz-KDNP are open in their antisemitic diatribes, the pro-Fidesz press simply aims to insinuate that the Hungarian left – en masse – is somehow beholden to Jewish interests. The […]

by · August 21, 2014 · Antisemitism
Canadian embassy staff at the Salgotarjáni St. cemetery. (Photo: mazsihisz.hu)

Canadian embassy staff visit and clear weeds from Budapest Jewish cemetery

Staff of the Canadian embassy in Budapest visited the Salgotarjáni Street Jewish cemetery to pay their respects to the victims of the Holocaust, as well as to tend to a portion of the graveyard that has been largely neglected. The embassy workers visited the cemetery’s Budapest ghetto memorial and used this as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of tolerance, diversity and […]

by · August 13, 2014 · Antisemitism