“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein – refugee from Nazi Germany)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nazi theatre: Just a joke?

2012.02.01. Budapest: demonstration against the first Nazi theatre(1) in the "democratic" Hungary - XXI. century Europe. Poem "Just a joke"(2) written in 1961 by Endre Gyárfás(3) is recited by the actress Júlia Zsolnai while Hungarian neo-Nazis' loud chorus is disturbing the event by repeating abusive Nazi slogans.

(1) More details: http://www.antifa-hungary.blogspot.com/2012/02/against-hungarian-nazi-theatre.html
(2) Unfortunately any English translation of the poem cannot be found, nor of the Hungarian Wikipedia article about Gyárfás: http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%A1rf%C3%A1s_Endre_%28%C3%ADr%C3%B3%29
(3) Endre Gyárfás: http://www.ibby.hu/im/bologna2006_irok.pdf
Born in 1936 in Szeged, he is a poet, writer, editor and translator.
He graduated from ELTE University, Budapest, in Hungarian and English philology. He worked as editor for the publishing house Europa from 1960 to 1963 and for Hungarian Television from 1963 to 1966. He taught in various schools and spent some years in Spain. Since 1981 he has been a freelance writer of historical and biographical stories, travelogues, short stories, tales and verse. He has written scripts for 40 animation films,more than 30 TV films, 10 adaptations from tales and wrote 45 radio plays, mostly for children.
His poems for children praise nature’s beauty, their rhythm and playful rhymes have an immediate appeal to young readers.
For Children Order, 1968
People of Eger for Their Town Prize, 1975
Attila József Prize, 2004
Soros Creative Scholarship, 1988
Fulbright Scholarship, 1988
Books for Children:
Magic Spells (poems, 1984)
A Cricket Tales (poems, 1986)
A Garden of Letters (poems, 1986)
Animals in Sport (poems, 1987)
Adventures of Family Bears (poems in 26 booklets, 1990, animation, 1990)
The Magic Dumpling (novel, 1991)
Pussy’s Adventures (poems, 1992)
An ABC of Animals (poems, 1996)
An ABC of Games (poems, 1993)
Hurrah, We Are Travelling! (poems, 1996)
Family Bear’s Fun Faire (poems, 1997)
A Space Game of the Teddies (play, 1997)
Master Marcus, the Handyman (novel, 2000)
The Big Honeybook of the Teddies (tales in verse, 2002, 2003)
Snow White (poems, 2003)

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