75 years ago Miklós Horthy declared war on the US, today he is revered in Budapest

On December 12, 1941, just days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Miklós Horthy’s Hungary declared war on the United States. His Prime Minister was László Bárdossy who was executed as a war criminal in 1946.

Relations between anti-American Imperial Japan and pro-Hitler Hungary were warm and friendly and the Japanese frequently praised Horthy. (See rare Japanese newsreel of Horthy.) On November 20, 1940, Horthy joined the Tripartite alliance and officially became part of the anti-American military pact. Ambassador György Ghika in Tokyo welcomed Japan as Hungary’s fascist ally. In Budapest the official propaganda downplayed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; they reported only that the US and Japan were at war but never explained the reasons. (Hungarian newsreel.)

Hungarian military relations with Japan were also close. In 1942 Horthy decorated a Japanese soldier, Sunji Sakamoto, who was assigned to the Hungarian army as a reporter on the attack on the Soviet Union.

The shameful cowardice of the Horthy family was especially appalling. Stephen Horthy, the Regent’s son and Vice-Regent, was a welcomed guest in the United States in the 1920s. He worked at Ford factories, yet never raised his voice to oppose Hungary’s declaration of war on the US.

In the United States, Hungarian Americans vigorously opposed Horthy. The Anti-Horthy League led demonstrations in the 1920s and 30s and enthusiastically supported Count Michael Károlyi, former President of the Hungarian Republic who lobbied against Horthy in the US. Thousands of Hungarian Americans served in the US Air Force, and many American and Canadian airmen died over Hungary. Some were killed by Horthy’s troops and Hungary’s Puma air-unit fighters who flew missions with the Luftwaffe against American and British planes.

Recently Hungary has restarted the cult of Horthy and installed statues and plaques everywhere in the country. I asked Fidesz mayor Péter Kovács, about a Horthy plaque in Budapest’s XVI District. Why doesn’t he remove it? It is offensive, it is disrespectful towards Hungary’s allies, the United States and Canada, and it is deeply hurtful to Hungarian Americans and Canadians.

Horthy plaque in Budapest XVI District.  Dozens of Horthy memorabilia were installed.

Horthy plaque in Budapest XVI District. Dozens of Horthy memorabilia were installed.

Mayor Kovács wrote to me that the plaque is not owned by the municipality and he has no jurisdiction over it. This is how ruling Fidesz party politicians are quietly supporting the Horthy cult.

In the West the Orbán government denounces Miklós Horthy’s pro-Hitler’s regime. At home the story is different, they praise the Horthy family and support the installation of plaques. The ongoing doubletalk further isolates the Orbán regime.

The Horthy statues and plaques must be removed and I think they will be sooner or later. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

György Lázár


  1. “The Horthy statues and plaques must be removed and I think they will be sooner or later.”

    They will not be removed as long as Fidesz is in power, because, Horthy is highly popular with a significant base of Fidesz voters, who are oblivious to historical facts, hate the West, and aren’t terribly upset about the fact that thanks to Horthy, Hungary has 600,000 fewer Jews now than it did before 1944.

    As for diaspora Hungarians in the US or Canada – those that possess some degree of sanity are fleeing Hungarian domestic political issues, and involvement in local Hungarian community politics. The local Hungarian communities in Canada and the US are lead by people who admire Orbán, because he gives to the boy scouts, he preaches patriotism, anti-communism and Christian values. Weather he upholds liberal or democratic values is of no concern to most, especially since Orbán lavishes all kinds of honors and gifts upon those leaders who actually shut their eyes to the affinity fraud he is engaged in, shut their eyes to his destruction of the educational sector, while he stuffs his own pocket and those of his cronies, full with billions of EU development funds. 600,000 Hungarians have left Orbán’s hell hole for the west during the past 6 years. This is a country in decay.

    With Donald Trump at the helm in the US, and the support of loyal Orbán lobbyists in America and Canada, the Orbán kleptocracy will have an even easier time of defrauding people of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  2. Avatar Eliezer Rabinovich says:

    From J. Montgomery, “Hungary: The Unwilling Satellite”:

    “…on December 12, 1941, when Prime Minister Bardossy announced that Hungary’s diplomatic relations with the United States were severed. Bardossy called up the legation and informed them that a state of war existed, but he insisted it was not a declaration of war. He was asked to put this statement in writing, but was reluctant to do so. Upon being informed that no attention would be paid a verbal statement, he sent a letter of confirmation. In this letter he reiterated that it was not to be regarded as a declaration of war, but that the Hungarian government considered a state of war existed between the two countries. Apparently Bardossy realized that he could not get the consent either of parliament or the Regent to a formal declaration of war. When the first secretary of the legation, Mr. Travers, made his goodbye call on the Regent, the latter said to him: “Remember that this so- called declaration of war is not legal; not approved by parliament, not signed by me.”, Obviously, Hungary being forced by Hitler to declare war, Bardossy took it upon himself to do so. Whether he was a patriot or a scoundrel is a matter of opinion. He was later executed for his usurpation of the rights of parliament and the Regent…

    …Before our diplomats left Hungary, they were the objects of stormy proofs of friendship. One of our secretaries was invited to dinner by a friend who belonged to one of the leading families of Hungary. He told her that his things were packed and that he could not dress, and she told him that it made no difference. He thought, therefore, that he was dining en famille and was astonished when he arrived, to find a large number of prominent people – – members of parliament, members of the cabinet, and so forth – – assembled. When they sat down, he was seated on his hostess’ right. During the course of the dinner, the hostess arose and said, “I am not accustomed to making speeches, but since our guest of honor tonight is an enemy, I feel that I must explain this. I am not pro- German; I am not pro- English; I am not pro- American; I am just pro- Hungarian and as a pro- Hungarian, I ask that you all rise and drink a toast to a speedy American victory.” The guests arose, drank the toast and dashed their glasses, according to the old Hungarian custom, to the floor.”

  3. And after dashing their glasses to the floor, Rabinovitches spineless elites raised their next set of glasses to the Admiral, and to his decision to reduce the franchise to 30% of the Hungarian public, to abolish secret ballot in the countryside, to forbid Social Democrats to run outside of Budapest, to support anti-Jewish laws, and to send 600,000 Jews to a horrific death.

    Eliezer Rabinovitch comes here for one purpose alone – to falsify history, to help his master to pull the wool over our eyes, and defile the memory of the millions who died with the active collaboration of Admiral Nicholas Horthy. Readers of this paper should listen to the Nobel Laurate Elie Wiezel, or the greatest historian of the Holocaust in Hungary, Randolph L. Braham, both of whom broke all ties with Orbán’s government, and returned to the mini-Horthy, all the decorations Hungary had granted them in order to buy their silence.

    Rabinovitch is not a historian, he is a carpet bagger.

    • Avatar Eliezer Rabinovich says:

      >Author: György Lázár
      György Lázár came to the US in 1980 on a UNESCO fellowship to complete his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. He later moved to California where he became mesmerized by the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley and spent the next 25 years in >high-tech consulting focusing on the financial aspects of technology.

      Of course, Mr. Lazar IS a historian! Those “lefties” (both Mr. Lazar and Mr. Göllner), who have been so lucky to avoid a communist regime and now live on the West, are so unable to use their Western freedom for good. They remain imprisoned in the Soviet-style interpretation of history. Read what Mr. Göllner writes! No one word of real objections but only insults from a person who understands nothing in real liberties but replaces freedom of speech and scientific research with “political correctness”. No one word to prove otherwise (and I gave only a quote from the American ambassador John Montgomery with no one word of mine), no any ability for intellectual dispute, only swearing as it was customary in communist countries. Shame!

      Of course, I do not hope to convince you, but here are some other readers who may want to know truth. Horthy saved close to quarter million of the Budapest Jews – it is probably today more than a million with their descendants, and I think the day will come when to Hungarians (hopefully with the Jews participating) will create a monument of him on a horseback in the center of Budapest.

  4. Avatar György Lázár says:

    According to his own admission Mr. Rabinovich is an 80 years old Russian who started to deal with Hungarian history “a couple of years” ago. He is a relatively new member of the US based Holocaust revisionist group. His name appears in the Anti-Semitic Hate Incidents — June 2015 (Brussels Institute) publication..

    Eliezer M. Rabinovich was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1937. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology named after D.I. Mendeleev and now lives in the United States. Besides articles in his technical profession, he has published more than 30 papers on literature, historic and philosophical issues. Visiting Hungary, he became interested in the details of the Hungarian Holocaust and several years ago wrote a small article on the topic in the Russia-language Internet magazine. A year ago he developed it into a fundamental 100-pages scientific work with 75 references titled: “Rescue of the Budapest Jews: Miklós Horthy, Diplomats, and Many Other Righteous Hungarians”.

  5. Gentlemen, all true about this aka “rabinovich” how dare he even try to hide behind a Jewish name?
    Call Horthy what he was: a rabid, mouth foaming anti Semite!
    End of story – may his dust be trampled on by pigs – you all do know how the Hungarians slaughtered those poor animals right there in their courtyards without mercy don’t you? Another pretty memory while growing up in Cluj,Romania

  6. @ Rabinovitch

    Heard of the saying – physician, heal thyself ? I’ve earned my reputation by publishing verifiable assertions, you’ve made yours by publishing flights of fancy. While some may be willing to engage you in a dialogue, you’ll have to wait for a long time for me to oblige you. Been there, done that. I now tend to show people to the door, who want to talk to me in the language of fiction about verifiable reality. Maybe Mr. Trump can find you a spot on his transition team ? We are hopeful that facts will prevail, but I’m not at all shy to admit, illusions are having a renaissance in politics all over the world.

  7. Avatar Eliezer Rabinovich says:

    Rescue of the Budapest Jews
    By Eliezer Rabinovich

    Paperback, 204 Pages, 30 of them in English

    Everyone knows about the efforts of diplomats like Carl Lutz and Raoul Wallenberg in saving the Jews of Budapest after the Germans occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944. Almost no one, however, knows that their undertaking would have been entirely impossible if the Jews had not first been saved from deportations by the Hungarian Regent Miklos Horthy. Deprived of real power by the occupation, the 77 year old Horthy found a loyal armored unit, took back partial power and forbade further deportations, thus preserving about a quarter of a million of Budapest’s Jews to be cared for by the diplomats after he was overthrown.


  8. 600,000 Jews suffered terrible death.

    But in order to avoid making Holocaust a religion let us show empathy toward the much greater number of victims went through the same merciless genocide.

    “Death, and the management of who lives and who dies, has become the central organizing principle of the 21st century.

    The previous century has been, by far, the bloodiest in human history. Hunger, famine and disease took billions of innocent lives. World Wars 1 and 2, along with the despotic regimes of Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler, Reagan, Bush and others, took hundreds of millions. The 21st century is shaping up to accelerate this dismal trend where hunger, famine and disease are reaping record levels of death (the equivalent of 7 jewish holocaust annually). Contemporary wars continue to rage on and proliferate. In the nation of Iraq, the killing fields have taken the lives of more than 2 million men, women and children (mostly children) this past decade from foreign and economic intervention. Vastly unreported is the genocide occuring in the Congo, where more than 4 million people have been slaughtered, mutilated and massacred recently with only scant world attention given.”

    Source http://rense.com/general64/pordc.htm

  9. @ Rabinovitch

    The proof of academic credibility does not lie in the possession of published manuscripts under your name. Hitler published Mein Kampf. His academic credibility is the equivalent of zero. Your publications fall into the same category – they take up space. That is not a virtue. Try another profession, where you may have a better chance of being taken seriously.

    • Avatar Eliezer Rabinovich says:

      Every one of your words may be returned to you – word for word.
      I am able to argue and dispute with a respect to an opponent, you are able only to indocrinate and insult, Mr. professor.

      No further comments.

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