Hungarian Holocaust today

 

It really reminds me of the events 70 years ago, the Holocaust, that police are removing Jews by force

said ex-MSZP minister Tamás Suchman, a vice-chairman of Mazsihisz (Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communes) yesterday.

A horrible scene from the new Holocaust happening in Hungary these days

After several weeks of watching idly that left-liberal/Jewish protesters dismantle the scaffolds of a construction site in the centre of Budapest each day,  yesterday the Hungarian police took action at last.   The newly re-elected Orbán government plans to erect a monument commemorating all victims of Hungary’s 1944 German occupation.  Note the keyword “all”.  It’s really time they made up their mind if  they want to be discriminated as Jews or not… Besides this word, another big problem the protesters have is that the monument uses  explicitly Christian symbolism (an angel)

 

The police officers called on the protesters to leave the site in Szabadság square and they cited the relevant sections of the law  and  a municipal decree issued on Monday to ensure protection to the construction site .  When  a group of 23 protesters refused to leave,  the police carried them out of the site one by one.  They were not arrested but they will have to appear in court.

 

Imre Mécs, a former liberal then Socialist lawmaker blamed the police for not refusing to take “a measure violating human rights”. He also insisted that “the police must not act against democracy” and he said that the protesters would appeal to the European Court of Justice.

Let us remember that he forgot to make such an appeal anywhere when  police thugs of his MSZP-SZDSZ (Socialist-left-liberal) government committed lots of atrocities against protesters in 2006 like this:

 

Note the illegal, and possibly lethal, expandable metal batons the police used in 2006

 

Today’s news is that Prime Minister Orbán has  answered an open letter concerning this new monument.  He wrote that Germany is responsible for the military occupation of Hungary and also for what happened after the 19th of March, 1944.  However the question of Hungary’s responsibility may be raised concerning that no resistence fight was started, Hungary did not stand up against the occupiers actively and there were too many collaborators.   “we have repented our sins, we have paid damages even though what happened cannot be undone.  On the other hand we cannot take responsibility for what is not due to us.  There wouldn’t have been deportations without the German occupation and no cattle wagons would have left Hungary (for Auswitz),  hundreds of thousands of lives wouldn’t have been lost.  It’s difficult to imagine there could be an honest, trustful co-existence in the future without seeing reason in these questions.”, PM Orbán added.

Update (concerning if Archangel Gabriel belongs to  Jewish or Christian symbolism):

Hősök tere-855

On the highest point of Heroes Square, Archangel Gabriel offers the Holy Crown of Hungary to God in founding king St. Stephen’s dream

hogy őt a 70 évvel ezelőtt történtekre, a holokausztra emlékezteti a mostani rendőri intézkedés, az, hogy zsidókat távolítanak el egy helyről rendőri erőszakkal. – See more at: http://magyarhirlap.hu/rendorok-vittek-el-a-demonstralokat-a-szabadsag-terrol#sthash.rRhUpZ3O.dpuf
hogy őt a 70 évvel ezelőtt történtekre, a holokausztra emlékezteti a mostani rendőri intézkedés, az, hogy zsidókat távolítanak el egy helyről rendőri erőszakkal. – See more at: http://magyarhirlap.hu/rendorok-vittek-el-a-demonstralokat-a-szabadsag-terrol#sthash.rRhUpZ3O.dpu
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The International Republican Institute on the Hungarian elections

See the original article here:

The ruling, center-right Fidesz party under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán handily won the regularly scheduled elections to the National Assembly, taking 44.87 percent of the national list vote (and 37 seats) and winning 96 of 106 single-member district races outright.  With this result Fidesz won a second, consecutive two-thirds majority in the Assembly.  Turnout was 61.24 percent, somewhat lower than it was four years ago.  The socialist-liberal alliance led by the Hungarian Socialist Party came in second with 25.57 percent of the national list vote.  Jobbik, the radical, far-right party took 20.22 percent and the green-liberal Politics Can Be Different party just passed the five-percent threshold with 5.34 percent.

These elections were the first conducted under a new and controversial election system.  The subject of broad international criticism (which Fidesz argues has been politically driven by the Left), the new system cut the number of seats in parliament from 386 to 199, with 106 of these elected in single-mandate districts and the rest by proportional representation.  One ongoing criticism of the new districts is that they were gerrymandered to the benefit of the ruling party, but by comparison to any number of U.S. congressional districts, they are clean, compact, balanced and proportional.

Of these 106 single-mandate districts, Fidesz won 96 and the socialist-liberal coalition 10 – actually a worse performance for Fidesz than in 2010 under the old systems, when it won 173 of 176 districts.   Another criticism of the elections was that, although private media is competitive and has voices from left and right, a “significant part” of Hungary is served only by state media, and thus allegedly only received the “government line.”

IRI conducted a staff assessment in and around Budapest for the elections, with resident country directors from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey observing 24 polling stations.  Overall, IRI staff assessors found the environment on Election Day to be quiet, well-run and efficient.  Because IRI had no long-term observation mission, the Institute is not able assess the pre-election environment.

In his victory speech, Prime Minister Orbán said that the voters had said no to two things: hatred and leaving the European Union.  The voters, he said, reaffirmed that Hungary’s place is in Europe, but only when it has a strong national government.  “We stand, all of us, on the threshold of a new and wonderful age,” he said.  “I call on the citizens of Hungary:  Let us step into this new and wonderful age together.  Only together were we able to get this far.  And only together will we be able to make Hungary great and successful again.”

Stress reduction kit for postcommies and left-liberals

 

 

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No congratulation from a non-democracy

The so-called leftist (postcommunist), left-liberal media has been discussing (well the best word is really “voluptuously”) that President Obama did not congratulate Prime Minister Orbán for his recent re-election in  the second landslide electoral victory of Fidesz.  Obama joined the leaders of the five-party postcommunist coalition “Kormányváltók” (Government Changers) in their political indecency  who defiantly refused to offer the basic political courtesy of congratulating Mr. Orbán for his re-election (and acknowledging the will of the Hungarian people this way).   That’s something unprecedented even in the history of Hungary’s political cold war which has been going on since 1990.  (Well,  to tell the truth,  Vice President Joe Biden finally called Orbán on Saturday, and besides discussing the Ukrainian situation, he allegedly also congratulated PM Orbán).

Last week the US Embassy in Budapest issued a statement and  intervened in Hungary’s internal affairs this way:

As a fellow democracy, we continue to urge the government to seek an honest, open, and factual assessment of the Holocaust in Hungary

They made this statement because a few  dozens of  left-liberal/Jewish demonstrators had been dismantling the scaffolds, on a daily basis, for a monument which is meant to commemorate all the victims of Hungary’s military occupation by Nazi Germany in 1944.  (And the only thing the police did was recording the events!)

 

 

Hysterical demonstrators repeatedly dismantling the scaffolds for a monument which aims to commemorate all the victims of Hungary’s military occupation by Nazi Germany

 

All right,I think the explanation for the statement can be  found quite easily on this page which describes the biography of  the  US EmbassyChargé d’Affaires, a.i”:

Mr. Goodfriend was born in California and raised in Arizona.  After receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Classical Greek, French and Radio-Television from the University of Arizona, he completed Master’s studies in Communication at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, followed by doctoral research in London on governmental use of new media.
Mr. Goodfriend has studied Hungarian, Hebrew, French, Russian, Greek (classical and modern), Spanish, Hindi, Arabic and Yiddish.

However let’s focus only on the phrase “fellow democracy” in the statement Mr. Goodfriend produced.

Let me ask the question if the USA is a “fellow democracy” indeed?  I think, at least together with the 45% of active voters who voted Fidesz, that Hungary is a democracy.   It’s evident that Obama did not congratulate Orbán because the global media attacks labelling Hungary “the EU’s only dictatorship” have been successful enough so he might disagree with us.   We can live with that.

So let’s put the question of Hungary’s being a democracy or dictatorship, or the question of the US being our fellow or not, aside for now and let’s pose the question if the US itself is a democracy.  Well, it’s an old triteness that “the US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.”    It’s really more interesting when this statement  is actually proven by top US university  professors:

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

What this means in plain English is that “the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.”  Is that called a democracy?  Nope, not really.  That’s called an oligarchy.   FYI Ukraine and Russia are also oligarchies.

 

 

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Brussels supports VAT fraud

Yesterday the European Commission rejected Hungary’s request yet again to introduce reverse VAT in the sugar trade. This is the second time the EC has rejected such a request by Hungary.  There exists a legal EU framework  called  “Quick Reaction Mechanism” which would allow  member states to introduce emergency measures when they are faced with a serious case of sudden and massive VAT fraud.

Among others, the left-liberal newsportal Index.hu also drew attention to a massive VAT fraud in Hungary which has been going on with the participation of Slovak companies. Statistics show that at least ten billion Forints of VAT are cheated this way each year.

Slovakian sugar which is known to be affected in the massive fraud

Hungary’s government introduced the practice of obliging the buyer, that is not the seller, of goods to pay VAT for grain in 2012, a retail sector where one could also see massive tax evasion.  Data from the National Tax and Customs Authority shows that the change has sharply reduced this kind of tax fraud.

Most of the profit from the sugar VAT tax fraud is pocketed by multinational supermarket chains like Tesco or Lidl.  This sounds like a pretty good explanation to me for  Brussels’ decision.

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Shameless cat criminal steals pants

I’m sometimes (er… often!) accused of being biased for cats. So let me counteract this  impression and let me introduce the dark side of felines.  Denis, the Menace is a cat criminal who steals socks, sandals, Barbie dolls and even thongs!

His only excuse   I can think of  is that he’s not entirely black.

What does this have to do with politics in Hungary? Er… not much, I’m afraid. After all Dennis contributes to cat criminality  in England.  However it’s been a good while since I posted about cats. 😮

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New Fidesz supermajority is official

After a lot of re-counting and legal appeals by the postcommunist “Government Changers” (Kormányváltók) coalition, Hungary’s High Court (Kúria) has announced their sentence today: the distribution of MPs seats wouldn’t change.   Another Fidesz supermajority after four years in government sounds like a real political miracle.

I do worry about Fidesz though. As the saying goes, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”.  All in all, I think Fidesz got away with relatively little corruption  in the last four years, given the power the Hungarian voters gave to Fidesz and PM Orbán in 2010.  I hope very much I could write the same in 2018…

 

The seats in the new Parliament

 

The “Government Changers”, in close cooperation with the global neoliberal media,  have been, and are, trying hard to question the legitimacy of the elections results. Well, that’s one could expect from the  Reding-strategy after all.   One of their major “argument” is that Fidesz got a 67% majority with “only” 45% of the votes and that’s sooooo unjust and it’s soooo dictatorial. They don’t have any answer to the fact, other than ignoring, that Fidesz would have won 95% of the seats under the election rules of the United Kingdom.   They keep whining about “gerrymandering by Fidesz”, “the lack of freedom of speech”, “an electoral system which makes Fidesz impossible to defeat”, etc.   Apparently MSZP chairman Attila Mesterházy didn’t think last December that the very same election rules would prevent them from obtaining a supermajority.    EU propaganda, or US mouthpieces like the Wall Street Journal,  focuses  on Jobbik, which got more votes than in 2010 but a smaller percentage of seats!,  instead of that why Fidesz had another landslide victory or  why their postcommie/left-liberal cronies suffered such a huge defeat again from the Hungarian voters…

Instead of trying to learn from the lessons the Hungarian electorate gave them, the postcommies  have been  playing the “anti-Semitic card” for months and they have been trying very hard, with a lot of help from the aforementioned global media,  to stir up more and more hysteria about a planned monument which will be dedicated to all victims of Hungary’s military occupation by Nazi Germany in 1944.   Maybe I’ll write a separate post about this.  In the meantime I highly recommend reading this (very instructive!) article how a descendant of Holocaust victims,  the leader of the leftist-green party LMP,  was be labelled  and attacked when he had opined in the same way as I wrote in the previous sentence.

And these “progressive, democratic forces who represent European values”, together with their foreign overlords in the EU and in the USA,  are apparently unwilling to face up reality: Hungary has had enough of “Kormányváltók”, that is the wreckage coalition of MSZP, its splinters like the small parties established by former Socialist prime ministers and the leftovers of the now defunct extremist “liberal” party SZDSZ.

 

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The Speaker speaks out

László Kövér, a founding member of Fidesz, who has been the Speaker of Parliament  since 2010 and he’s also the chairman of the Board of Fidesz, and probably he’ll continue to be the Speaker, gave an interview to a left-lib newsportal in January, that is a few months before the recent elections. Mr. Kövér is a very outspoken and a very anti-Communist, anti-leftlib politician.  Because of this, he’s my favourite politician in Fidesz besides prime minister Orbán.

Kövér’s political stance, as showcased in the below excerpt, definitely strengthens my commitment to be a Fidesz-supporter.  Let me translate a part of the interview which, I believe, will help my English-speaking, non-Hungarian readers understand  a couple of things about Hungary’s politics.  Since the Hungarian voters have confirmed that they support this direction  by  giving Fidesz another (hard-to-believe) supermajority in the recent elections,  it’s a safe bet  these policies of Hungary won’t change fundamentally at least until 2018.

 

László Kövér, the Speaker of Parliament

 

The last four years has been all about Hungary’s “freedom fight”. Whose decision was that? 

One could safely say  this was a collective decision by the Fidesz presidency board.

When  Viktor Orbán came home ashamed from Brussels in 2010 after the Fidesz-government was formed  and when he announced  in the Fidesz board meeting that  EU Commission President Barrosso wouldn’t allow to increase the Hungarian budget deficit despite the requests of Fidesz then who shouted “hey, guys, let’s make war on the EU!” ? 

I’ve got no idea and that’s irrelevant anyway.  This followed evidently from the events that it was a question of life or death if we could re-gain independent political decision making or we’d dance to the tune of Brussels for four years.  Those ones who had been playing up with (ex-Socialist prime ministers) Gyurcsány and Bajnai, those who knew exactly that the 2010 budget was built on a huge lie, well, those people brought us to book for the lies of  their cronies.  On one hand that was blood-boiling, on the other hand it was evident if we continued with the endless austerity measures then the country wouldn’t recover from the awful economic situation we had, only  Fidesz would lose credibility for a long time and nothing would change for the better.  So there was really no other way than charging forward.

Why did Brussels cross with you in particular? 

Maybe their patience ran out with Hungary which they had since 2004.   (Leto’s remark: The Socialist-leftlib governments. which were in power between 2004 and 2010,  ran high budget deficits and that increased Hungary’s dept-to-GDP ratio from 54% to  80% in 2010).  Maybe Brussels wanted to set an example of Hungary and to increase fiscal prudence in the EU-member countries where budget deficits were slipping out of control.   One must also add that  it wasn’t in 2010 when the West learned who is who  in Hungarian politics. Washington couldn’t get over it already in 2002 how a little Eastern European country dared not to buy F-16 fighters instead of (Swedish) Gripens.

How did you dare?

That’s very simple:  The Americans made a worse offer than their competitors did.  Of course they kept telling us: if you buy a watch then you’ll buy a Swiss one, if you buy fighter planes then you’ll buy American.  Then they got surprised.  (Leto’s remark: this might be one of the reasons why PM Orbán hasn’t been invited to Washington since 2010 and why President Obama failed to congratulate Orbán for his landslide re-election.)

Are you saying Brussels took revenge and jeopardized Orbán’s plans because of a decade old Hungarian-American skirmish?

No, surely not. That was meant to be only an example that it was evident for the West already well before the 2010 elections it’s much easier to make deals with the ex-Communists, who turned into cosmopolitans from internationalists,  than with a patriotic government.  (Ex-Socialist prime ministers)  Gyurcsány, Bajnai, Medgyessy and their lot were considered  easy-to-deal-with in (Western) Europe and in the USA.  It never occurred to these people that they, as Hungarian leaders, are supposed to fight for Hungary’s national interests. They sold everything out on the cheap, including utility companies, Hungary’s airliner, our health care market, agricultural lands, what have you.  The only thing they had  in mind was that their  circles should benefit.    In addition, since we were not on good terms with neither liberal EU financial commissioner Olli Rehn or his Socialist predecessor ( Joaquín Almunia ) , Brussels deemed we wouldn’t deserve the leniency  Gyurcsány and Bajnai were treated with.

If the EU had given a green light about the budget deficit to Orbán then the “freedom fight” wouldn’t have started? 

There still would have been one but it would have been much quieter than what happened. But actually that’s not a big problem  because at least it was understandable  what we were forced to do and  what we had planned to do, more cautiously, anyway.  It would have been better to carry out the strategic change in Hungary’s economic and social policies with less noise because we didn’t mean to be adventurous. But we had to be.

What did you plan at the change of the government (in 2010) concerning IMF?  Did you mean to kick the global bankers out after a few months of “peacock’s dance” (Leto’s remark: that’s a reference to a bon mot of PM Orbán) in the first place or did you make the decision only later? 

It was evident from the very beginning that we didn’t want to tread the path IMF was demanding we should follow but that decision was made only later.

You said to the weekly Heti Válasz that you are “capable of being a soft, friendly teddy bear”. So why don’t you fight diplomatically, in a “teddy bear style”, and why do you need to rub the nose of the  world’s lords, or at least of the continent, that what you want is what is going to happen? 

Because that feels good.

That’s great.

That was certainly irony. Well, we’re humans, too.  Hypocritical, unworthy, selfish chappies manage the European Union, all respect should go to the exceptions.  The Brussels bureaucracy  lives off that they keep increasing their informal power over the member states while they are  trying to present their demands snuffling about never fully discussed European values.  So why should we talk to them in a different way than what it feels good?

Because the goal is not to relieve your mind, not to even  satisfy  Hungarians’ thirst for justness, but to improve things for us, citizens. 

I don’t think we should have sought the favours of Brussels with a humble face after their rough treatment. We must make evident for them, and for the Hungarian public, too, that we are no dummies, we fully understand what’s happening, we know the game and we are not going to skin our own people.  If they want to wage a war then they must  understand there’s firepower on the other side of the battlefield, too.

Can these be matched? 

Apparently yes. I think we have won the “freedom fight” but, to say the least, our positions have not been eliminated.  As a relatively small player in the international  (political) arena,  our weight has increased and at least we’re in play now.

It’s all quiet right now. Is this already peace?

We cannot know.  Maybe it’s only a truce.  They may have decided it’s not worth pressurizing us any more until the elections. You cannot ignore the fact that the majority of the active voters stayed behind us even during the most difficult times.  We couldn’t be simply swept away like some would have wanted,  even putting democratic means aside (Leto’s remark: that’s a reference to Charles Gati’s infamous interview, see also my post) .  Of course, they are not going to give it up and a new match is going to start in 2014.   On top of that,  the situation cannot be described like there’s peace in the world and some rebellious folks are stirring up trouble in the periphery…  On the contrary, the empire is crumbling, everything is changing, sometimes  the perspective is wider and sometimes it is narrower than before.   There is a real danger for them that the economic and social policies of the Hungarian government will gather followers.  More and more people see, and they speak up, too, that the fake liberal dogmas which ruled, and ruined, Europe in the last twenty years must be relegated to the garbage heap (of history).

 

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More news about Hungary’s improving economy

There was a very strong demand for Hungary’s T-bonds on yesterday’s  auction and this prompted the State Debt Management Agency to increase the issuance.  At the same time the bond yields were three to twelve basis points lower than at the previous auction held a fortnight ago.

Hungary’s construction industry output showed  a whopping 28.3% year-on-year growth in February.

Construction industry output

The industrial output was 8.1%  higher in February than a year earlier.  The month-on-month growth was 1.6%.

The gross average monthly wages in Hungary were 1.7% higher in February than a year earlier. Excluding those employed in public work programmes , the figure shows an increase of 6.9 percents!  The monthly gross wages averaged HUF 240,000 per month, 5.2% up year-on-year, in the private sector alone.

Pre-tax wages

Hungary’s inflation was flat at 0.1% year-on-year in March and it’s yet another  “surprise to the downside”.  The “market’s call” was for a 0.3% CPI. Core inflation measures declined again which confirms the absence of underlying price pressures.

 

Inflation rate

 

The central bank continued with their cutting the base rate which is at a historic low of 2.6% now.  Let’s note that the base rate was 7% when Hungary could get rid of bank chairman András Simor, a neoliberal/postcommunist stooge of the IMF. BTW, Hungary’s international reserves jumped to a new 2.5-year high at 36196.70 EUR millions.

 

Base rate

 

Hungary’s  balance of trade surplus jumped to EUR 766 million in February from EUR 482 m in January.  The surplus was EUR 118 million higher in annual terms than a year before.   Exports and imports (in EUR) increased by 5.0% and 3.5%, respectively in February, 2014 compared to the February of 2013.

 

Balance of trade

By December 2013 – February 2014, the number of unemployed people decreased by 123 thousand to 379 thousand over one year, and the unemployment rate diminished by 3.0 percentage points to 8.6%.

Unemployment rate

 

Employment in Hungary is at an all time high. The number of employed people was 4,053 thousands in February which is 236 thousand more than a year ago. The employment rate of people aged 15-64 increased to 60.4%.

Employment time series

 

Those London economists are surprised on the upside at the GDP growth  yet again.  JP Morgan revised their forecast for this year to 2.5%. Capital Economics expects 3.5% GDP growth and they write:

What’s more, the recovery seems to be broad based. Not only are export-led industrial sectors improving on the back of stronger demand from the euro-zone, but consumer spending is also staging a (long-awaited) recovery

This is the latest (2013Q4) figure, compared with other countries:

GDP growth in Europe

 

In the meantime the three big credit rating agencies carefully keep Hungary’s bonds in the junk bond category and economic newspapers like Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, etc. are all whining about Hungary’s autocratic tendencies, anti-Semitism and what have you.    In the meantime  The Jerusalem Post asked in their usual “Nazi Hungary” editorial that

Why would Hungarians support a party and a prime minister that legislate policies that hurt their weak economy ?

I think the above economic figures themselves give a good answer . Though I doubt very much indeed that the author(s) of  the Jerusalem Post editorial  wouldn’t have known these facts otherwise.

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Holocaust day

Oh, well, today it’s a Holocaust remembrance day.  There’s so much talk about this genocide  (see http://holocaustmemorialyear2014.gov.hu/ ) that actually I’m wondering which day isn’t a Holocaust remembrance day this year…

Politicians seems to compete hard who is capable of saying the most bizarre and bombastic thing.

Zoltán Pokorni, a Fidesz leader who belongs to the “liberal” wing of the centre-of-right party  Fidesz I support,  bent over backwards, too, to say something “big” and he managed to utter that

The Holocaust is our cause because the killers and the victims were Hungarians, too.

 

Using his logic, he might have said equally that “the Holocaust is our cause because the killers and the victims were Jews, too”.  (For the sake of this parallel logic argument let’s disregard for a moment that the killers were Germans.) But let’s analyze this sentence a bit more…

Everybody knows that the term “Holocaust” means a particular 20th century genocide committed by Nazi Germans against Jews in Europe.  So if the victims were Hungarians, and not Jews, then perhaps we shouldn’t talk about “Holocaust” at all, should we?

It’s a well-known historical fact that there were no death camps in Hungary. It’s also well-known that neither the Hungarian authorities or the Jewish victims themselves, including the members of the “Jewish Council”,  knew when the deportations  started, and one must stress that happened  only after Hungary’s occupation on the 19th of March, 1944 that the physical extermination of the deported ones was the  goal of the Nazi.

It’s really high time to stop trying to shift blame from Nazi Germany  to Hungary .  For the record,  the Holocaust was planned and carried out by Nazi Germany. Hungary did ally herself with Nazi Germany in the hopes of regaining the lost territories in the Dictat of Trianon, but in contrast with other countries allied with Nazi Germany,  the deportation of Jews from Hungary started only after Nazi Germany occupied Hungary militarily.  In fact it was the foot-dragging policies of Governor Horthy which made it possible to avoid Hungary’s military invasion by Nazi Germany already at the beginning of World War Two, that is several years earlier than the March of 1944.  That would have meant, of course, the complete annihilation of all Jews in Hungary, just like it happened in Poland.   After the Hungarian authorities learned what was happening in Auswitz  from the Auschwitz Protocols , Governor Horthy personally gave the order to stop the deportations on the 8th of July, 1944 and this order was carried out by Colonel Ferenc Koszorús and his brave  troops.  This event is commemorated on a plaque in Dohány utca in Budapest where you can visit the largest synagogue in Europe.

In memory of Col. Ferenc Koszorús and his brave soldiers who prevented the deportation of the Budapest Jewry on the 5th and 6th of July, 1944.

 

In fact the Jewry in Budapest, which is one of the largest in Europe, should be very thankful indeed to Governor Horthy.  Instead they keep besmirching him, and Hungarians, too, day and night.

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Hungarian Reagan?

It’s no secret I kept my fingers crossed for Viktor Orbán whom I consider a champion of human rights. I appreciate what he’s been doing to fight anti-Semitism. Since I also preside over the International Human Rights Committee of the Congress, I know the political stance of the Hungarian prime minister well. I know that includes banning cloning, punishing human trafficking strictly and standing up for human life and dignity. We also think the same about family values and patriotism.

said   Republican Congress Member Christopher H. Smith, the co-chairman of the USA Helsinki-committee.

Congressman Christopher H. Smith

Q: Were you surprised at the results of the Hungarian elections?

CHS:  I didn’t expect such an overwhelming success. The Hungarian people have clearly expressed their will who they want their leader to be in the next four years. I would compare Viktor Orbán to our great president Ronald Reagan.

Q: That’s a very flattering comparison but isn’t this an exaggeration?

CHS: Not at all. I did work with President Reagan and I know Viktor Orbán well. I find unmistakable similarity between them. Both are strong leaders with clear visions about the future of their countries. Nothing and nobody could divert them from the right way even though they have been ridiculed, criticized and attacked unjustly. They have endured the war waged on them with dignity. Both were re-elected with an overwhelming majority despite that the media worked against them.

 

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