Banner Tribute to Recently Deceased ‘Most Wanted’ Nazi Laszlo Csatary Displayed at Hungarian Soccer Match

August 18, 2013 3:08 pm 10 comments

The banner honoring the memory of recently deceased 'most wanted' Nazi László Csatáry at a Hungarian soccer match. Photo: Screenshot.

A banner honoring the memory of recently deceased “most wanted” Nazi, Laszlo Csatary, was displayed at a Hungarian soccer match Saturday, earning sharp condemnation from prominent Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff. The banner which was held by fans of the Ferencvárosi TC soccer club read “In memoriam Csatary Laszlo.”

“My message to them is go back to the history of World War II and see where your hate took your predecessors and if that is what you support then we’ll know how to deal with you,” Zuroff said, in an interview with The Algemeiner.

The club’s opponents for the match were MTK Budapest, a team that is considered to be Jewish because of past Jewish affiliations. Ferencváros won the match by two goals to none.

Csatary who died just over a week ago at the age of 98 while awaiting trial in Hungary was accused of torturing Jews and sending over 15,000 to their deaths at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. In 1948 he was convicted in absentia in Czechoslovakia for war crimes and sentenced to death. Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center labeled Csatary as the world’s ‘Most Wanted’ Nazi.

“If anyone had any doubt about how important it was to prosecute Laszlo Csatary in a Hungarian courtroom on criminal charges, the football supporters of Ferencvaros supplied the answer in bold letters yesterday,” Zuroff told The Algemeiner.

“For far too many Hungarians people like Laszlo Csatary are heroes not war criminals,” he said.

In explaining what steps could be taken to ensure that such banners would not appear at soccer matches in the future Zuroff was uncompromising.

“One thing for sure” he said “is that I am going to turn to the Hungarian Football Federation and demand that action be taken against these fans and that they act immediately when banners of this sort are shown.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center was partially responsible “for the fact that Hungary was punished by FIFA, when in a friendly match against Israel, people turned their backs on Hatikvah saying ‘Jews to the gas’ and things like this,” Zuroff said, “they have a whole match scheduled against Romania which will be played without fans, and it is a big, big loss for them, in other words it hurts their chances, so the punishment is very serious.”

A recently surfaced photo which Hungarian sources told The Algemeiner is at least two years old, shows fans of Ferencváros holding a banner which reads "Efraim Zuroff, your mother is a whore." Photo: Screenshot.

Because of his activism Zuroff has become somewhat of a public enemy among Hungarian and other European Neo-Nazis. A recently surfaced photo which a Hungarian source told The Algemeiner is at least two years old, shows fans of Ferencváros holding a banner which reads “Efraim Zuroff, your mother is a whore.” Zuroff told The Algemeiner Sunday that he had not previously seen the picture, and that his success in hunting Nazis has earned him many enemies.

“The more successful I am, the more hated I am by the horrible people who are sympathetic to the people who I am trying to bring to justice,” he said, “There is a direct correlation between whatever success I have had and the number and nature of the threats against me. The more successful I am the more dangerous the threats are and the more numerous the threats are.”

“It should be clear to everyone that there are specific segments of Hungarian society that refuse to recognize the complicity of Hungarians in Holocaust crimes and will do anything to try and delegitimize those who seek to bring those responsible to justice,” Zuroff concluded.

10 Comments

  • The Anti-Smites are all to well and alive today all over the world. As a son of Holocaust survivors who were Czech citizens pre 1939 until Hitler annexed the Sudetenland and gave away this part of Czechoslovakia as spoils to the Hungarians life took a change. The Hungarians knew that in order to acquire the wealth and property of the Jews they would have to forcibly relocate them or create their own killing fields. The puppet and sympathizer László Csatáry was the new found Nazi criminal who sought to prey on the Jews for personal profit. Moving to Canada and lying about his past he arrived with diamonds, gold and art works that he personally oversaw the theft of from Jews. He enjoyed the title of Art dealer while making his home in Canada and selling the property belonging to his victims. Thank God he felt the heals of justice at his door step until his last breath. We shall never forget and we will never again remain silent.

  • Damn them– those uneducated — ignorant– that live amongst human beings, who celebrate a mass murderer, and name call a decent citizen. May they be damned to a life of suffering themselves.

  • Hungary should take care of these neo=old nazis. if they do not take care of these people, it means they are made from the same material and Europe should act to bring Hungary in compliance with European laws.

  • Pretty pathetic when you’re country is best known for some dead nazi murderer and a shitty soccer team. If I were Hungarian I’d move or kill myself

  • Napalm is too nice for Hungarians.
    The bastards were with Hitler during W.W. II, still with HItler after W.W. II, and are still with HItler now.

  • Ingrained anti-Semites! People who stain the Hungarian nation. During the Second World War Hungary sided with Nazi Germany. They set up a Fascist regime, which collapsed in 1944 when the Americans bombed Budapest, followed by the Russian invasion. Hungarians murdered Jews dumping bodies in the Danube

  • perhaps these idiots do not fail to recognize, but are proud of their action, real neo Nazis

  • Wasn’t Hungary sort of gobbled up by Germany before WW2 really got into full swing? I think that parts were annexed on the pretext of having a large German speaking population. A lot of Eastern Euorpean countries were facing a growing number of Communists. Many of the East Euorpean Jews that immigrated to the United States in the early 20th Century came here with Communist leanings. They had fled their respective home lands due to increased pressure for them to leave. It seems that traditionally Jews were and it seems still are at odds with what ever country in East Euorpe they happen to be living in. The Jewish culture embraces many different ethnic people. There were Pogroms that took place over the centuries against Jews. These things together with what happened in Germany are one of the reasons that Isreal exists today. The Jews, with Arab disaproval, now have a homeland.

  • The people who benefit most from such advertising are those who run advertising companies. A better way is to let the Anti-Semites hang themselves. Give them free reign to advertise their hate messages. Sooner or later they will step over the line. Then the local Jewish agencies should SUE THESE BASTARDS IN A FEDERAL COURT AND PURSUE THEM LEGALLY UNTIL THEY ARE BREATHLESS AND FINISHED. Never mind inviting them to a “brotherhood” breakfast or dinner, and have a lot of phony handshaking. SUE THEIR ASSES OFF AND LEAVE THEM IN THE GUTTER WHERE THEY BELONG…WITH THE REST OF THE GARBAGE. That way, they’ll learn their lesson and they won’t even TRY to “fu– around” with the Jews after that. They’ll be scared shitless.

  • Shame on Hungary

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