New Hungarian Political Party Aims for Nazi Resurgence
Adolf Hitler’s ideas are alive and well in Hungary.
Alongside the considerable Jewish renaissance in Hungary, it appears that the ultra-right Jobbik Party is not radical enough for some antisemites and white nationalists.
Radical militants gathered last weekend in a suburb of Budapest to form a radical political movement that aims to displace the Jobbik Party on the extreme right. By all accounts, it appears that Hungary’s murderous Arrow Cross party is about to be reborn.
The Arrow Cross was a national socialist party led by Hitler-inspired Ferenc Szálasi; he ruled a government in Hungary — known as the Government of National Unity — from October 15, 1944, to March 28, 1945. During Szálasi’s short rule, approximately 15,000 civilians (mostly Jews and Gypsies) were brutally butchered by black uniform-clad Hungarian Nazis, and 80,000 people were deported from Hungary to various concentration and death camps.
In an eerie reminder of the murderous Arrow Cross regime, hundreds of Hungarian right-wing militants gathered in Budapest last Saturday to launch their new party, which they hope will run in next year’s parliamentary elections on a platform that includes open racism.
As the Jobbik Party has been trying to move away from its far-right roots, this has created a vacuum for new radical initiatives.
The new movement on display last Saturday, which will be called “Force and Determination,” appears to be more radical than any mainstream political party since the fall of communism; it uses rabidly racist language to oppose liberalism and immigration.
Organizers at last week’s event said that they represent “the white European man,” and want to spread the idea of “ethnic self-defense” in the face of immigration from other continents, and Hungary’s growing Roma community.
“We have to declare war against the force which represents Satanic darkness and which has made Europe unlivable and indefensible,” said Zsolt Tyirityan, the leader of the Outlaw Army, one of the groups in the new alliance. “Liberalism … makes people lose their awareness of nation, their racial identity and, slowly, their sexual identity, too,” he said.
“I am proud to belong to the white European race,” Tyirityan added. He said that “third world races” trying to take over Hungary need to be confronted and sent “to the garbage dump of history.”
Balázs László, one of the movement’s most vocal leaders, told the crowd of mostly black-clad, muscular, tattooed men that Europe has shown an ill-conceived tolerance to non-Europeans. “…Arabs, Africans and gypsies … will show no tolerance once they realize the power that their demographic significance lends them,” he said. “Our ethnic community must come first; … there is no equality.”
Attila Szabo, a former Jobbik Party official and member of the new neo-fascist movement, is well known across Hungary for his public criticism of Jobbik leader Gabor Vona for sending good wishes to Hungary’s Jewish community during Hanukkah last year.
Tyirityán used the Nazi ideology of lebensraum — living space — to paint a stark picture of Europe’s present and future. “World history is made and lost on population, the fight for living space and the fight to hold on to living space,” he said. “Anyone who says different is either delusional or lying. Any way you look at it, the strongest always wins.”
He added: “I have race awareness. I am proud to be a white European … and I reserve the right to defend that.”
After Tyirityán spoke to the gathering, a supporter approached and asked him to sign a copy of Adolf Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf. Tyirityán seemed very pleased to comply.