Letter to the editor: In defence of Sándor Szakály

One of our readers in the United States was angered by an article we ran about far-right historian Sándor Szakály’s visit to Cleveland and his revisionist views on the Holocaust. The reader’s letter is published below, along with a brief response from HFP contributor György Lázár. 

Dear Mr. Lázár,

I have no idea who you are but I can guess where you stand when it comes to Hungary and the Hungarian nation.

You want the Hungarians to ban Prof. Dr. Sándor Szakály from participating in the Hungarian Congress in Cleveland.

Prof. Szakály is the doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a well-known historian. Dr. Nádas is also a well-known Hungarian who has served Hungarian interests in Cleveland for many years. A good American and Hungarian patriot you, however, will never be.

Well, we are well aware who those people were who received UNESCO scholarships in those years since you got to the US. Besides contaminating Hungarian and American minds, in what way have you contributed to the freedom of America? Have you ever volunteered to serve in the United States military in uniform? Have you ever suffered hardships in America?

Have you ever struggled to establish your existence, or has everything simply fallen onto your lap because your leftist liberal comrades have provided you with it?

Mr. Lázár, I am a veteran Lt. Colonel of the United States Air Force, decorated seven times, having served my adopted country, the United States of America, and having received an Honorable Discharge. I have every right to call myself an American-Hungarian, but actually what is your nationality? Which country do you call your home?

You and your comrades are the true destroyers of the freedom in America. What you do is nothing more than contaminating American and Hungarian souls.

Prof. Szakály has never denied the Holocaust. One of his closest co-workers is a descendant of Holocaust survivors. Why do you think he was chosen for this important position? This whole lie about “Holocaust denial” is but a creation of your comrades in Hungary, the very same kind of people you are.

I wonder who are the ones behind this so-called Hungarian Free Press? Who are the ones financing this destructive activity? Well, you don’t have to tell me since I have a good guess.

If you have ever contributed to the freedom of America, if you ever serve this country as a humble patriot, then you will have the right to judge. Until then stop spreading hatred among the Hungarian people in America. We have had enough from people like you, including all of your comrades and your masters.

Dr. Laszlo Varju
Veteran Lt. Colonel, USAF


Dear Mr. Varju,

Thank you for the feedback and for your great service to our country.

Mr. Szakály’s comments about the deportation of Jews, his falsification of WWII history and dubious expertise is detailed by well-known historian Randolph L. Braham and published by the US Holocaust Museum.

I’m concerned about Mr. Szakály’s association with Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right, pro-Islamist party. Jobbik leader Mr. Gábor Vona has suggested calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Budapest; he wrote: “If Islam fails the lights will completely go out. There will be no foeman against the darkness of globalism. Then the history will really come to an end and there will be no happy end….”

In my view, Mr. Szakály shouldn’t get a podium in the United States.


György Lázár

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