Maestro Iván Fischer to refugees – “Welcome among us”

In Hungary, media has paid little or no attention to a major cultural celebration scheduled for March 1 in Berlin, Germany. The Berliner Philharmoniker, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Staatskapelle Berlin have decided to invite refugees, their families and helpers to a concert entitled, “Welcome among us.” (More about the concert in German here.)

The concert will feature the three orchestras with their chief conductors: Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and Hungary’s own Iván Fischer. The artists want to extend a warm welcome to people who have fled their homes and thank the many full-time and volunteer helpers for their work.

Daniel Barenboim,

Daniel Barenboim,

The program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in D minor K. 466
Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim Conductor and Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92
Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 1 in D major op. 25 Symphonie classique
Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Iván Fischer Conductor

Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer

While in Budapest the Orbán government spreads xenophobia, Berlin celebrates human compassion with a great concert.

Don’t misunderstand me, the European refugee problem requires coordination and solidarity at the EU level; but the Orbán-government’s refusal to provide basic help to the needy is inhumane. In an interview with Hungary’s Népszabadság, Greece’s Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis said that while PM Orbán criticized Athens for its refugee policies, he denied humanitarian help. “We have not received a single blanket or a tent within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism until the end of January.”

Meanwhile Mr. Orbán has spent billions of taxpayer funds to make life for refugees as unpleasant as possible. Razor-wire fences, threatening billboards and overcrowded facilities. His policies proved to be a smashing success as refugees have no desire to stay in Hungary; they try to get out as soon as possible. It is shameful.

We congratulate Maestro Iván Fischer for being part of the Berlin concert. The majority of Hungarians are proud of him. I wish I could be there.

György Lázár



  1. Who in their right mind would want this for their country, their families, their countrymen, who? If you want this then please move over there. No country should have to face one death, one rape or any other crime committed against their people so that another people(non Europeans) can live in their country at their expense..

    Is this what you want for your children?
    Our governments have endangered all of us for generations to come. My children and my children’s children will be forced to live in a police state to keep the muslims in line until the day their (the muslims) numbers have grown large enough to make us refugees.

    • For long time I thought this migration was a well planned and financed project, but now I recognize that it is more. This has the mark of a well planned and meticulously engineered military operation.

      Europe have always had her own conflict resolution mechanisms and the EU has never lost it, it’s completely and premeditatedly torn down.

  2. Cultural celebration is a great idea but unfortunately useless.

    Orban is too little to be followed by other EU leaders. And what???? He installed that damned razor wire that I opposed from the beginning and now — all the others do that, Austria even build iron wall of steel containers. France bulldozed refugee camps at Calais. Migrant smuggling profit is soaring and became the business of the century. 20 000 children disappeared and are traded for sex slaves and for God knows what.

    Denmark to confiscate gold, jewelry, and valuables from refugees and migrants, other countries including Germany are preparing to do the same. That’s pure fascism. I don’t want refugees in Europe but what Europe does handling them is pure fascism. It brings back bad memories. Wasn’t it Reichsfluchtsteuer a core component of the Nazi’s confiscation op to get Jewish wealth? They pulled out even their teeth to get the gold cup.

    Is that all? What about the recent Sophia op? And we were all worried about Orban introducing emergency state a martial law and who did it first? Hollande in France.
    Damned fascist EU. That has been all the time. Today the refugees, and the migrants, tomorrow we. We will be the next.

  3. Avatar Nando Horsewhistle says:

    Yes, we have the same problem in the UK with these luvvie leftie types in all sectors of the Arts. At the moment its those of the acting fraternity such as Emma Thompson, Jude Law and Benny Cumbersnath – all refugees welcome lemon sucking silliness (well, as long as its not my back yard etc). The reality is no one really takes a blind bit of notice, luckily we have our channel and a right wing government (though wish Uncle Viktor would give our call me Dave some advice). The EU and an independent UK is going to busy for decades deporting this illegal cultural enriching mob out of our lands.

    • Avatar Charlie London says:

      British National Party is it? That fascist right-wing den of ignorance?

      Or Combat 18 or even some other nasty Nazi group?

      Take your views to or at least elsewhere with your ignorance.

  4. This is why I have just canceled my subscription to Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall streaming service. You are wasting my money while endangering our future.

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