Hungarian anti-Semite turns out to be Jewish

This video is called The Truth About Jobbik – Neo-fascist danger in Hungary.

From National Public Radio in the USA:

Leader Of Anti-Semitic Party In Hungary Discovers He’s Jewish

by Eyder Peralta

August 14, 2012

There’s a story out of Hungary that has received quite a bit of play from the religious press but hadn’t quite risen to the mainstream until the AP ran a piece about it today.

It’s quite dramatic with an incredible plot twist: One of the leaders of Hungary‘s Jobbik Party, which the Anti-Defamation League says is one of the few political parties in Europe to overtly campaign with anti-Semitic materials, has discovered that he is himself a Jew.

As the AP says, Csanad Szegedi had in the past railed about the “Jewishness” of the political class. According to the ADL, his party’s presidential candidate referred to Israeli Jews as “lice-infested, dirty murderers.”

For Szegedi all of this came to a screeching halt, when in 2010 a prisoner confronted him with evidence that he had Jewish roots. According to the AP, Szegedi tried to bribe the prisoner to keep him quiet, but rumors and innuendo reached a fever pitch by late last year and in June, Szegedi conceded that his mother was a Jew. According to Jewish law, that makes Szegedi Jewish, too.

Not only that, but Szegedi’s grandmother survived Auschwitz and his grandfather survived labor camps. The AP adds:

“Under pressure, Szegedi resigned last month from all party positions and gave up his Jobbik membership. That wasn’t good enough for the party: Last week it asked him to give up his seat in the European Parliament as well. …

“Szegedi came to prominence in 2007 as a founding member of the Hungarian Guard, a group whose black uniforms and striped flags recalled the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party which briefly governed Hungary at the end of World War II and killed thousands of Jews. In all, 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust, most of them after being sent in trains to death camps like Auschwitz. The Hungarian Guard was banned by the courts in 2009.

“By then, Szegedi had already joined the Jobbik Party, which was launched in 2003 to become the country’s biggest far-right political force. He soon became one of its most vocal and visible members, and a pillar of the party leadership. Since 2009, he has served in the European Parliament in Brussels as one of the party’s three EU lawmakers, a position he says he wants to keep.”

12 thoughts on “Hungarian anti-Semite turns out to be Jewish

  1. Didn’t Herr A. Hitler have some Judaic skeletons in his closet as well?
    While awaiting trial at Nuremberg in 1945, Nazi official Hans Frank suggested the existence of letters claiming that Alois’ mother was employed as a housekeeper for a Jewish family in Graz and that the family’s 19-year-old son, Leopold Frankenberger, had fathered Alois. This is not however accepted by later historians.


    • Hi lowerarchy, as Wikipedia says correctly, historians do not accept the claim of Hitler’s Jewish ancestry.

      A closer parallel is that a few decades ago, in French-speaking Switzerland there was a leader of a xenophobic party which wanted to expel Arabs. That leader resigned in disgrace when it turned out that he himself was of Tunisian ancestry.


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  3. Jobbik’s racism

    The recent news that Csanad Szegedi, one of the leaders of Hungary’s far-right and openly antisemitic Jobbik Party, has Jewish roots is ironic. But it has wider lessons in exposing the reality of the party.

    Szegedi is a founding member of the Hungarian Guard—a uniformed fascist organisation directly descended from the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party.

    During the Second World War the Nazi Arrow Cross was directly responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Jews. Over 550,000 Hungarian Jews died in the Holocaust.

    Szegedi, also a Jobbik MEP, attended his first meeting of the European Parliament in Hungarian Guard uniform, despite its ban in Hungary. He has also made numerous antisemitic speeches, railing against the “Jewishness” of the political elite.

    Since it came to light that Szegedi’s grandmother was a Jewish holocaust survivor he has tried to distance himself from his antisemitic statements. Szegedi has had to resign from Jobbik and the party leadership are pressurising him to resign as an MEP.

    Jobbik and its Nazi paramilitary wing are a real threat—with 17 percent of the vote in 2010 and a reported 25 percent support among young people, they are the third biggest party in Hungary.

    Hungary is one of the most poverty stricken and indebted countries in Europe. It is crucial that anti-fascists confront Jobbik before they make further advances.

    Barrie Levine, Glasgow


  4. Reblogged this on Managua Gunn's Pirate Cove and commented:
    An important video, as a warning of what is happening behind us in Europe – a country with a serious chip on its shoulder. I speak some Hungarian, and a leader of a party openly saying she hates Jews and gypsies – and worse, much worse – is a danger and menace to society. I have heard that silly argument about ”freedom of speech” before, with a person from Finland, who defended a Finnish politician’s right to say that a murderer of people of Arabic and African descent should have been given a medal. If someone shouts ”Fire!” in the middle of the theatre during a performance I do not recognise his freedom to shout it, nor do I in court. Racism is sick. To me it is not relevant if the leader of this despicable party is of one ethnic group or another. The issue is how dangerous an unpleasant this openly racist Hungarian political party is. Comments below the video on youtube are just as worrying, albeit expected..Jobbik is a disgrace even in an unpalatable racist society like the Hungarian society. When Hungary took its turn as president of the EU in Brussels, and redecorated the presidential office with maps of ”Greater Hungary”, they should have been sanctioned. I have Jewish members in my family, and am committed to fighting against aggression to Roma people everywhere. The fact that Jobbik exists in Hungary, has its own private militias that terrorise Roma people and can make openly aggressive anti-semitic comments at will is not just a Hungarian disgrace; it is a European one. And those from the Turkish ”Grey Wolves” who vainly and naively think they can be Jobbik’s allies, well, you obviously don’t understand vile racism, and Jobbik obviously don’t understand you regard them as part of the Turkic empire. Pathetic.


  5. Hungarian flags burn at pardon protest

    ARMENIA: Demonstrators set a Hungarian flag on fire today in protest at Hungary’s decision to repatriate an Azerbaijani officer who murdered an Armenian soldier in 2004.

    The officer was pardoned immediately on his return to his country, despite having been sentenced to life for killing the Armenian while both were attending a Nato course in Hungary.

    Hours later, President Serge Sarkisian said it was breaking diplomatic relations with Hungary.


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