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Endre Farkas: Never, Again

Endre Farkas: Never, Again

Synopsis Set in post-war Communist Hungary, in the fictional town of Hajdubékes, Never, Again is the story of seven-year-old Tomi Wolfstein, the son of Holocaust survivors who have never told him anything about their past experiences in the concentration camps of World War II. When the story opens, in the fall of 1956, the boy is about to start school. […]

by · October 4, 2016 · Culture
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Wiesenthal Center blasts fabricated report of meeting with senior Hungarian officials

Officials of the Hungarian government appear to be in the habit of misrepresenting statements made by foreign partners or entities during visits and discussions. Earlier this month, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) was forced to clarify its position on antisemitism in Hungary, after the organization’s views were misrepresented by the Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. And last year, […]

by · September 27, 2016 · Antisemitism
Mr. Ferenc Kumin, Hungary’s Consul in New York (second left), Mr. Levente Magyar (second right), Mr. György Szabó (far right) Mazsök President with AJC officials.

US Jewish leaders are outraged by Hungarian official’s misrepresentation

US Jewish leaders are outraged that Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Levente Magyar incorrectly claimed that they had described recent comments about antisemitism in Hungary as “exaggerated.” The remarks concerning antisemitism in Hungary were actually made by US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who in a speech about global antisemitism referred to recent developments related to the […]

by · September 20, 2016 · Antisemitism
Slomó Köves

Slomó Köves – Hungary’s racist “Chabad Rabbi”

Slomó Köves is 37 years old and he claims to be a Rabbi. I’m not so sure. Recently he willingly joined Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s xenophobic Prime Minister while Orbán declared that no refugees can enter Hungary. “We don’t want them,” Mr. Orbán said, “We don’t want Muslim people in our country.” Mr. Orbán didn’t spare Hungarian taxpayer’s money when ordering […]

by · September 17, 2016 · Politics
The liberal Együtt (Together) party and two smaller partners produced a campaign poster featuring Hungarians sitting out the referendum and giving the government the finger. Literally.  Their slogan: "This is the answer to a stupid question. Those who stay at home, stay in Europe."

Hungary’s anti-migrant referendum — The most recent poll and what religious leaders are saying

We are entering the final stretch of Hungary’s anti-migrant referendum, scheduled for October 2nd. A new poll by Republikon suggests that 48% of the electorate is certain to cast a ballot, while an additional 23% say that they will likely vote. These polling results suggest that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will get exactly what he is looking for: a massive […]

by · September 16, 2016 · Politics
Simon Wiesenthal Center

Wiesenthal Center: Hungary’s chair of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance “cynical act of political manipulation”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a scathing statement on Hungary’s Orbán government, after the regime in Budapest decided to award rabidly racist columnist Zsolt Bayer, who has advocated for genocide against the Roma minority and has bemoaned that more Jews were not murdered in a pogrom in 1919/20, with a major national award. The Hungarian Free Press has long shared […]

by · August 24, 2016 · Antisemitism
Budapest's Living Memorial in Freedom Square. Photo: Christopher Adam

Budapest Living Memorial – An interview with Eszter Garai-Édler and Balázs Horváth

As a continuation of the presentation of the work of the Living Memorial group in Budapest, Eszter Garai-Édler and Balázs Horváth provide insight behind more than two years of activism and almost four hundred public forum sessions. The interview was conducted by Katalin Szlukovényi. * K.S.: What were your personal motives for joining the Living Memorial? Eszter: I got involved […]

by · August 15, 2016 · Focus
Living Memorial activists. Photo: jeumag.com.

From Memory to Presence — Hungary’s Living Memorial

There are no conflict-free communities. But it is literally a question of life and death how communities address their common issues and whether they can learn from previous mistakes. Inescapably, this question came into the foreground two years ago, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary, full of commemoration events all over the country. The […]

by · August 14, 2016 · Focus
Viktor Szűcs's film "The priest on the cake" (Pap a tortán). The photo depicts Buddhist András Laár.

A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian and a Buddhist sit down for dinner in Hungary…

The premise of fledgling director Viktor Szűcs’s film sounds like the beginning of a classic joke, but this 33 minute production is actually a fantastic short documentary on how Hungarians of different faiths share a meal with other. It is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the popular Hungarian reality television show called Fish on the cake (Hal a tortán). For […]

by · August 6, 2016 · Culture
Horthy bust in Szabadság tér, Budapest.

Ronald Lauder on Hungary as the most anti-Semitic country in Europe — A collection of fascist memorabilia

Ronald Lauder, an American billionaire, prominent Republican politician, former ambassador to Austria and head of the World Jewish Congress, has Hungarian ancestry; his grandmother was born in Sátoraljaújhely.  Recently, in an interview he named Hungary the most anti-Semitic country in Europe. (read here) . Lauder specifically mentioned the statues of Hitler-supporter Regent Miklós Horthy, a self-proclaimed anti-Semite who declared war on the United States. Horthy’s policies resulted in the death […]

by · August 1, 2016 · Antisemitism