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Inside the Far-Right Stronghold Where Hungarian Jews Fear for the Future

World  (tags: Hungrary, anti-semitism, Nazis )

- 1843 days ago -
As the World Jewish Congress opens in Budapest amid a rise in anti-Semitism in Hungary, Colin Freeman visits the town of Tiszavasvári, twinned with Iran and the stronghold of the far-Right Jobbik party.

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Giana P (398)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 1:50 am
They were always antisemitic and real brutal and sadistical bastards, they were worse than the Nazis during WW2.

Hilary S (65)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:04 am
seems the hungarian view of 'peaceful nation' is one which has acceded to its bullying domination. israel was founded on exactly the opposite principles, and jewish people, as well as gypsies, have never taken to extended bullying.

pam w (139)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:09 am
Wonder how they view militant Islam?

P. L. N (21)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:32 am
This is very sad. This would break my grandfather’s and great grandmother’s hearts.

My six-year-old grandfather processed through Ellis Island in 1906. My great grandmother with her five children left Budapest, Hungary, in 1905 and traveled by night to Rome, Italy. From Rome, they traveled by boat to America. Back then, and this is something they should be doing now, my great grandmother had to sign documentation verifying that she and her children would be able to stand on their own financially and would not need any financial help from the United States government for their survival. If they could not substantiate this, then, they—as well as all immigrants of the time—would have been SENT BACK to the Old Country!!! This is a fact!!!

She and her children arrived with documentation verifying that she and her ancestry were gold smiths. By the way, gold smithing was a very Jewish occupation for the time and still is historically. Who knows? My ancestors might have partaken in the building of the Tabernacle or maybe in building the first Temple. Who knows?

Despite being Catholics, we do have some Jewish blood; however, we consider ourselves as Austro-Hungarians. Apparently, my ancestry converted to Catholicism sometime in the past.

Well, within a year of being in the United States, she invested in a dairy farm and raised her children on her own until my great grandfather arrived in America several years later. Unfortunately, my great grandfather died within the first few years he was in America.

During my grandfather’s young adult life, he traveled a couple of times to Budapest before Hitler came into power and began invading Czechoslovakia and other neighboring countries during the late 1930s. He fell in love with the city and its surrounding countryside. Later, as an old man, he marveled over the size of the grapes in those beautiful vineyards nourished by the fertile Hungarian soil. He loved the wines, the breads, and the foods of Hungary. He never stopped talking about Hungary.

At present, Germany is dealing with issues of neo-Nazism. Right now, a 38-year old woman, the only survivor of a murderous neo-Nazi group, is in the process of being tried for several murders, bombings, and bank robberies. I guess we can say, “They’re back!”

Actually, my point is that anti-Semitism is on the rise GLOBALLY!

Michela M (3964)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:19 am

Portland: thanks for your story!!!

Stephen Brian (23)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:25 am
Yup, and this stuff is spreading, pushed by both sides in much of European politics.

It may seem strange that European supremacists would ally themselves with Iran, but this actually follows a pattern from pre-WW2. The Nazis, despite hating hte communists, formed a temporary alliance with them before the war. It was never formally temporary, though I suspect neither side really expected it to last.

Michela M (3964)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:30 am

When I was young, at the Interpreters School in Rome, in my class I used to greet my friends with Shalom or SalamAleikum according if they were Jewish or Arabs........
And ALL of THEM were friend of mine!!!!


Anyway, also Christians and Catholics have been EXTREMISTS in the past!!!

Think of what they did during the "CRUSADES" against the Islaanic people considered "unbeliever";

or the "CONQUEST" of South America, sweeping away Aztec, Maya, Incas as "unbelievers".......

Alexa R (319)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 9:27 am
This is indeed the sad reality of Europe today. But what makes it even worse is the general reluctance to speak out and stand firm against this abomination.

Instead we have yet again large numbers of people who seen to prefer sticking their heads in the sand (turn a blind eye), even white-wash these atrocities..

This, more than anything is where the root of the problem lies.. the lack of moral courage to stand firm and speak out against these and similar abominations.

Tolerance of violence, murder, antisemitiism, even rape and other atrocities seems to be the prevalent moral code in Europe in their attempt to enforce equality between right and wrong actions committed against others.

May we all wake up before we have more innocent blood on our European hands..


Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:05 am
Portland thanks for your story
I do not understand what it is with the jews they hate Just as many other races not so good Militant muslims are worse

Carol D (346)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:44 am
Thanks so much Portland for your very informative post! Here is a link that I came on a couple days ago that tells about those immigrants that came to Ellis Island and it tells a pretty story about what the immigrants went through when they came over! It's very interesting!

The racism and hatred that is in this world today is so pathetically sad!! Thanks Stan!!

Nancy B (308)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:55 am
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared, posted video. This is a return to the Nazi mentality which in turm is a return to the scapegoat mentality. Man doesn't like to admit his own mistakes so he chooses someone or some group to blame. I don't know if it is an innate part of man's consciousness and refusal to accept consequences or if it is just a fear mechanism to attack anyone or anything different. This group got into power because of hatred for Gyspies;; now they are broadening their hate focus. The Jews have been a target historically because they maintain their own culture and belief system. This strength makes those who are insecure afraid and jealous. I know this is a stereotype but I believe it has a lot of truth in it. Jews are hard working, intelligent, and faithful to their community; thus, they build a society that others want. How do they get it? They maintain the Jews are evil and are only prospering because they have stolen from the society as a whole. This is dangerous; Somehow, if we want to continue as a world, we have to stop this hate. To me the first thing is to recognize it. Then don't ignore what is happening. Bullies will continue to bully if they can get away with it. If the whole world condemns this behavior, it will stop.

Nancy B (308)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:59 am
This quote is more than appropriate. "The time is coming when people will be astonished that mankind needed so long a time to regard thoughtless injury to life as compatible with ethics."
- Albert Schweitzer, physician/Nobel Laureate.

P. L. N (21)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 11:06 am
@ Everyone
@ Everyone

Thank you for you comments! Sincerely, Thank you, because I was reminiscing over my grandfather while I was writing my comment!

@ Carol Dreeszen
@ Carol Dreeszen

I borrowed the link and saved it as a Favorite for my Explorer 10 browser. Thanks, again, for the link!


Alexa R (319)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 12:12 pm
Great quote by Albert Schweitzer Nancy! It is indeed very appropriate, thanks for sharing ..

Konstantin T (548)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 1:09 pm

Beth S (330)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:20 pm
Like many countries that have chosen to use Jews as scapegoats and have found out, they have lost much in most ways and their countries are the poorer.

Chad A (190)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:08 pm
It takes a lot to construct an open and tolerant society and it only takes a single generation of demonization and scapegoating to unravel an atmosphere of equality. That is why we must stridently fight whenever intolerance rears its head because the results are horrific as we all see from (even very recent) history.

Tommy S (11)
Monday May 6, 2013, 12:47 am
@ Alexandra R
quote...Tolerance of violence, murder, antisemitiism, even rape and other atrocities seems to be the prevalent moral code in Europe...Unquote

Absolutely spot on--- tolerance and respect for everything is the death of justice

Stan B (123)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:14 am
Sadly it seems that anti-Semitism is raising its ugly head in many parts of Europe. Perhaps 6 million slaughtered Jews isn't enough for some of these rabid morons. Governments need to be proactive in dealing with this problem before it spirals out of control.
Thanks to all who contributed to and noted this post.

Orsike F (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:30 am
Although I'm not condoning anybody's actions, living in Hungary myself, I have to say that the situation is not as bad as it is often portrayed in the media. These are the actions of a group of people - albeit loud ones -, but by far not typical for the entire country. Just wanted to put that out there...

Melody Long (1)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:33 am
Shared and noted. Thanks

Lynn D (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:23 am
So truly sad, thanks for info....hope history doesn't repeat itself!

Monday May 6, 2013, 2:24 am
Many of Hitler's supporters happily switched from Marxist Socialism to National Socialism and here we see the 3 way switch; the National Socialism of WW2 to the Marxist Socialism of the USSR and then back to National Socialism - 2 sides of exactly the same coin. Of course add in the loving tolerant ideology of Islam and we have the perfectly matching radical threesome in an orgy of hate and violence in the name of "freedom"!

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:40 am
WAKE-UP before it is too late and happens again.

Frances D (133)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:01 am
Some people don't need a reason to hate...just anyone will do... and given any encouragement, that hate ,like any emotion that is fueled , will mushroom and extreemism is born...Some people can only thrive on hate

. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 3:51 pm
Never, in my wildest dreams did I think I would see 1933 re-visited. My father's family lost their property, home, and eventually their lives in death camps outside Hungry.

Russell R (87)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 12:35 pm
Islam has to wipe the Jews and their History. Their Quran is Jewish History, their prophets are were Jews, but if you ask them they will say that they are muslim, meaning anyone chosen by God to spread his word was a muslim. Muslim to me means evil and Moham the seed of the devil. This is satan gathering his army to take has many souls with him before his final defeat!

Nikolas K (94)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 3:38 am
The jews are the meat in the sandwich as they have been set up into believing certain principals which are lies as the zionist are the real problem in the world and they use the jews to deflect attention from their criminal activity and crimes against humanity.
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