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(Albert Einstein – refugee from Nazi Germany)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Budapest Experiences A New Wave of Hate

10/14/2010 Hungary, Budapest: "Europe's Capital of Anti-Semitism"(1)
Budapest survived fascism and communism and blossomed after the fall of the Iron Curtain. But the Hungarian capital is experiencing a rebirth of anti-Semitism. The far-right Jobbik is now the country's third largest party and Jews are being openly intimidated.
Neo-fascist thugs attacked Roma families, killing six people in a series of murders. The right-wing populists of the Fidesz Party won a two-thirds majority in the parliament, while the anti-Semitic Jobbik party captured 16.7 percent of the vote, making it the third-largest party in Hungary, next to the Socialists. Unknown vandals defiled the Holocaust Memorial with bloody pigs' feet. A new law granted the government direct or indirect control over about 80 percent of the media. The television channel Echo TV showed an image of Nobel laureate and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertész together with a voiceover about rats. Civil servants can now be fired without cause. Krisztina Morvai, a member of the European Parliament for Jobbik, suggested that "liberal-Bolshevik Zionists" should start thinking about "where to flee and where to hide."
Kertesz now lives in the German capital. "Why? It's very simple. Because for a Jewish writer, life is better in Berlin than in Budapest.
...and with other quoting György Konrád(writer), Gaspar Miklos Tamas (philosopher), Imre Kertesz (writer, a holocaust surviver) - see the original article on the site SpiegelOnline(1).
Sources, notes:
(1) SpiegelOnline, 10/14/2010, written by Erich Follath, translated from the German by Christopher Sultan: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,722880,00.html
(2) Hungarians, more and more think that anywhere else would be better to live but not in Hungary. Even though they are not writers. Even though they are not Jewish. Just purely and simply they feel increasingly shame and to stand hardly such political and social situations that a Hungarian writer must tell "for a Jewish writer, life is better in Berlin than in Budapest". And, these situations have been forming by Hungarian political leaders for 20 years, each of them, without any exception. See more: Why we have to act?

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