Why the Jews Must Leave Hungary (and Europe)
It is time for Europe’s able-bodied Jews to start thinking about relocating to places where their safety will be less endangered than in countries that their ancestors have called home for centuries.
While most rational people would find some new form of a Holocaust occurring again in Europe unfathomable, the striking similarities between the current European public sentiment, this week’s shocking EU election results, and the Brussels- type atrocities, and how the Nazi genocide started – are hard to ignore.
As a Jew whose once large family was eagerly served up by their Hungarian neighbors to be gassed and burned in Auschwitz, I have been actively monitoring the Hungarian Neo-Nazi websites in recent months with great interest.
Even the Jew hatred of Julius Streicher’s infamous “Der Sturmer”- that most rabidly anti-Semitic German Nazi rag before and during the Shoah – does not measure up to the amount of hateful venom currently served up daily by Hungarian neo-Nazi websites – whose web servers are based in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Justice, State Department, and Attorney General unfortunately have been dragging their feet when it comes to shutting down the U.S.-based web server of Kurucinfo.hu whose daily editorials – in addition to running a full time “Jewish Crimes” column – often refer to the President of the United States as a “N****r Animal.”
While the just concluded EU election results will undoubtedly have dire consequences for Jews living in places like France, it is also my belief that the general safety of Jews in Hungary will be endangered in the very near future.
The “Jobbik” neo-Nazi party – riding on an anti- Jew, anti-Israel, and a rabidly chauvinistic and xenophobic platform – just finished second in this week’s EU elections.
Based on how I see the obvious signals, I can only compare the current situation of Hungarian Jews to the last minutes of those waltzing on the first class deck of the Titanic ten minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912.
A completely naïve, deeply divided Hungarian Jewish leadership’s constant infighting and Western-financed false sense of security today does not help.
Neither does the blind denial and ignorance of the lurking dangers posed by Hungary’s increasingly vocal and arrogant neo-Nazis.
Black uniformed, jack-booted thugs are openly marching on the streets carrying banners, slogans, and armbands of their predecessors who with animalistic sadism and brutality dispatched 600,000 fellow Hungarians of Jewish descent to their deaths in a matter of less than two months.
History repeating itself?
Let’s look back and see how the relative normalcy of Hungarian Jewry turned into hell virtually overnight: with ruthless force and efficiency. In a matter of just a few short weeks, more than 440,000 Jews were jammed into cattle cars like sardines, with no food, water, or toilets, and were deported from Hungary in more than 145 trains in a few days between the spring and summer of 1944.
Eichmann’s SS and Gestapo underlings were merely supervising the gathering up, ghettoizing, and shipping off of the Jews to be exterminated. All of the actions were carried out by Hungarian Nazi collaborators.
Most were deported to the death factories of Auschwitz-Birkenau, but thousands were also sent to the border with Austria to work as slave laborers digging fortification trenches. By the end of July 1944, the only Jewish community left in Hungary was that of Budapest.
That is where the Hungarian Nazi Nyilas (Arrow Cross) thugs took over the massacring of the remaining Jews from their German counterparts.
In a strange turn of history, this week – with only 28 percent voter turnout, Hungary’s far-right, neo-Nazi, rabidly anti-Semitic Jobbik party was voted in as the country’s official opposition party at the EU level after Sunday’s European elections.
Their delegate seats will be occupied at EU headquarters by morbidly dangerous characters like the telegenic, English-speaking woman referred to by many as a “female Hitler of Hungary”: Rabidly anti-Semitic Krisztina Morvai, who once stated that “So-called proud Hungarian Jews should go back to playing with their tiny little circumcised tails (penises).” (Ironically she is intimately familiar with that very subject having delivered three children- fathered by her Jewish ex-husband.)
Returning to the big picture: the situation of Hungarian Jews today can be best described as total chaos. On one hand, well-meaning international Jewish organizations are holding mega-gatherings in Budapest, and pumping massive amounts of capital into rebuilding a flourishing Jewish cultural and religious life in the country.
On the face of it, there is a Jewish Renaissance taking place in Hungary – with renovated synagogues, Jewish cultural festivals, kosher restaurants, and Jewish summer camps.
The Hungarian political leadership seemingly goes out of their way to commemorate the massacre of their Jewish population during the Holocaust.
There are dozens of memorial sites marked by plaques all over the capital Budapest, and recently Hungary’s president was the keynote speaker at Auschwitz, apologizing for the wrongs perpetrated by collaborating Hungarians against the country’s Jews during the Shoah.
I recently visited one of the most moving memorial sites in the Hungarian capital: the place near the Danube where thousands of innocent Jews were shot into the river by Hungarian Nazi Arrow-Cross thugs. The same thugs, who in 1944 wore the same black uniforms, marched under the same flags, shouting the very same slogans as their successors in the current political scene.
What struck me most is something that is completely unnoticed by all who visit- that on the three very large bronze memorial plaques embedded in the cobblestone adjacent to the symbolic shoes of the massacred victims, the word “Jewish” is never mentioned – not even on the Hebrew language plaque.
Speaking of memorials, the current Hungarian government led by recently re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban – (following the creation of a monument for Nazi-collaborator Governor Miklos Horthy) – also approved the building of a new, now nearly completed monument to mark the German occupation of Hungary. The monument depicts the Hungarians not as active and enthusiastic collaborators and perpetrators that they were- but rather helpless victims of the German Nazi war machine.
While there are daily demonstrations and even U.S. Congressional protests against the completion of the government-approved controversial war monument – the fact is that notwithstanding the protests, it will be completed in a matter of weeks.
In my opinion, as greater economic chaos spreads across the continent, we will see more dangerous manifestations of open Jew-hatred in most parts of Europe – (some disguised as anti-Israel actions) – and Jewish lives will be in peril throughout most European countries.
It is time to heed the writing on the wall for all able-bodied Jews of Europe to start packing their bags and consider planting their next generations in lands less hostile to them if there is to be a Jewish future.