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Insider criticism of MAZSIHISZ anniversary boycott

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Representatives of a prominent Jewish foundation condemn the decision by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities (Mazsihisz) to boycott state ceremonies held during the Holocaust remembrance year. They call that decision a serious error of judgement which has already resulted in strengthening anti-Semitism. READ MORE

Australian Hungary report criticised

Monday, March 17th, 2014

An independent conservative blogger is outraged by an Australian news report depicting Hungary as a country swarming with Nazi-like far-right militias who enjoy the obvious connivance of the Prime Minister. READ MORE

Common Holocaust remembrance in jeopardy

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

While Jewish community leaders have outlined their demands in a letter to the Prime Minister, a pro-government commentator expresses disappointment and dismay that the likelihood of a joint remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust seems to be waning. READ MORE

International scandal brewing over Holocaust Memorial Year?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Wrangling over the proposed monument to mark the German occupation has taken a new, momentous turn, from a national quarrel to an international scandal, says an opposition daily, due to a statement by Randalph L. Braham. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, dismiss the issue as fear-mongering and baseless accusations from the left. READ MORE

Culture wars over Holocaust anniversary

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A left-wing commentator welcomes a statement by the leaders of the Jewish religious communities who are threatening to withdraw from the state commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, unless the government changes its approach to history and stops implicitly whitewashing Hungarian wartime collaborators. A pro-government columnist accuses critics of denying Hungary’s occupation by Nazi Germany.
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Anti-Semitism declining but still at average European level

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A Jewish website reports that anti-Semitism in Hungary has declined since 2010, but is still above the level measured eight years ago. Explaining why “many people have the impression that anti-Semitism is on the rise”, the sociologist who conducted the latest survey on the subject suggests that hard-core anti-Semites may feel encouraged by the presence of a far right party in Parliament and may behave more aggressively than earlier. READ MORE

Radnóti’s statue shattered – Magyar Hírlap condemns Der Spiegel’s reaction

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The pro-government daily believes Hungarian liberals and foreign observers should apologise for having characterised a simple late night road accident as an expression of anti-Semitism in Hungary. READ MORE

A Marxist philosopher on Horthy and capitalism

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Addressing both liberal and conservative critics of last week’s Horthy commemoration, Gáspár Miklós Tamás, a well-known leftist philosopher ridicules those who confine their criticism of the interwar era to anti-Semitism alone. READ MORE

Welcoming the new US Ambassador to Hungary

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Pundits across the political spectrum believe that Colleen Bradley Bell, the new US Ambassador to Hungary will form a rather dim picture of Hungary and its government if she gathers information from the US press before taking up her post. READ MORE

Storm blows on around Horthy statue

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A centre-right commentator argues that instead of erecting new statues to Horthy, his era should be evaluated by historians. The Hungarian Reform Church has declared that a right-wing pastor’s key role in the celebration will be investigated. READ MORE