Géza Szőcs has died

Géza Szőcs, poet and former Secretary of State for Culture in the early years of the Orbán government, has died at age 67 from COVID-19. Whenever I read his name I am reminded of Elie Wiesel’s words:

“It is with profound dismay and indignation that I learned of your participation, together with Hungarian Secretary of State for Culture Géza Szőcs and far-right Jobbik party leader Gábor Vona, in a ceremony in Romania honouring József Nyirő, a member of the National Socialist Arrow Cross Parliament. I found it outrageous that the Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly could participate in a ceremony honouring a Hungarian fascist ideologue of the Horthy and Szálasi regimes. This distressing news came following the resurgent practice of naming public spaces after wartime leader Miklós Horthy and of rehabilitating Albert Wass and other figures that collaborated heavily with the Hungarian fascist regime. I was also informed that the writings of extreme right intellectuals are systematically introduced in the Hungarian curriculum.”

I named the photo “Nyírő, Szőcs, and the briefcase.”

Nyírő, Szőcs and the briefcase.

Celebrating a fascist icon.


  1. Avatar Pierre Divenyi says:

    I had one wonderful conversation with Elie Wiesel — my father.s family and he came from the same town, Maramarossziget (now Sigeth, Romania). He was unwilling to speak in Hungarian, we talked in French.

  2. Avatar Pierre Divenyi says:

    PS: I didn’t know that Covid killed right-wingers too.

  3. So did my dear father, came from Maramorossziget – only spoke in English to his grandchildren –
    The old- timers had grit – they knew they were only guests in Hungary, Austria, Belgium – all countries.

  4. We are so devastated by Geza Szocs’ death. He was a wonderful man, a huge champion of our PhotoRazer radioctive removal process. We from AmoTerra Canada were so well treated by Geza whenever we visited Hungary. We were always treated like queens and our process with great respect. He will be deeply missed by AmoTerra Corp. and us personally. We send our condolences to family, friends and the government of Hungary.
    sincerely Ruth Johannes Madsen.

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