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Hungary at it again in looking to glorify anti-Semite

AntiSemitismWatch has previously reported on the seemingly regular inappropriate attempts at glorification in Hungary of its World War II past. In the latest twist, Hungarian Jews have protested a new government plan to honor a Holocaust-era politician who supported anti-Semitic legislation.

The controversy that unfolded Tuesday between the Mazsihisz umbrella group of Jewish communities and the government concerns a statue scheduled to be unveiled in Budapest in the presence of government officials on Wednesday of Gyorgy Donath – a lawmaker who supported discriminatory laws against Jews that historians say served as the legal foundation for their persecution by the German Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators.

Gyorgy Donath
Gyorgy Donath

This “far-right, anti-Semitic politician deserves no statue in Hungary,” Mazsihisz wrote in a statement published Tuesday.

The unveiling of a statue of Donath follows earlier scandals including a plan to commemorate Balint Homan, a Hungarian Holocaust-era minister who supported and promoted the same laws. In December, following protests by Mazsihisz, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, said that the plans by a nonprofit organization dedicated to Homan’s legacy to erect the monument in his honor in Szekesfehervar near Budapest will not come to pass.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

In 2014, Mazsihisz briefly suspended its talks with Orban’s center-right government in protest of its support of yet another controversial commemorative project – a statue dealing with Hungary under the rule of Nazi Germany and its pro-Nazis collaborators.

Unveiled in July that year in Budapest, it is a statue of an angel being attacked by a German eagle – a design which critics say glosses over Hungary’s active role in sending some 450,000 Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust. The Hungarian government disputes the interpretation, arguing the figure attacked represents all victims of fascism and not the Hungarian state.

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Shocking anti-Semitism….. over a film!

Some Hungarians have responded with anti-Semitic abuse to the news that “Son of Saul,” a film set during the Holocaust, directed by Laszlo Nemes, may win this year’s Academy Award for best foreign film. The film has already won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival last summer and a Golden Globe this month, for its portrayal of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who is trying to give a dignified burial to the body of a boy he believes is his son.

But, according to The Age, some Hungarians are calling it “Holokamu” (Holocaust con or hoax). And one Holocaust-denier described it as “Science fiction!” on his Facebook page.

“Jewish propaganda!” and “For Jews, about Jews,” went some of the responses on social media. Others were too vile to repeat on a decent website.

“So many anti-Semitic comments have been made; it’s a disgrace,” a member of the Budapest Jewish community told The Age, adding, “I wonder if the West is aware of how people here think.”

In the 21st century, antisemitism in Hungary has evolved and received an institutional framework, in the popular Hungarian party Jobbik, which received 17 percent of the vote in the April 2010 national election — this while verbal and physical aggression against Jews has escalated.

The far-right subculture in Hungary, which ranges from nationalist shops to radical-nationalist and neo-Nazi festivals and events, plays a major role in the institutionalization of modern Hungarian antisemitism. The contemporary antisemitic rhetoric has been updated and expanded, but is still based on the old antisemitic notions. The traditional accusations and motifs include such phrases as Jewish occupation, international Jewish conspiracy, Judeo-Bolshevism, and good, old-fashioned blood libels as well as accusations against “Jewish bankers” who have caused Hungary’s monetary crisis. There’s also the quaint the Palestinization of the Hungarian people conspiracy theory, suggesting the Zionists plan to take over Hungary as soon as they’re done with the Arabs.

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