Reward For Anti-Semitic Incitement
According to the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Viktor Orbán told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 19th that the Hungarians had “paid the greatest sacrifice for democracy in blood and population during and after the Second World War.” (Die Ungarn hätten im Zweiten Weltkrieg und auch danach das “meiste Blut und die meisten Menschen” für die Demokratie geopfert.)
Who sacrificed whom? The mass deportations of 450.000 provincial Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which took place in only seven weeks from May 15th 1944 to July 6th 1944 after the German occupation was implemented by the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior and the Hungarian Gendarmerie, who brutalized the ghetto inhabitants cruelly before herding them into cattle cars; The same Gendarmerie that is honored with a commemorative plaque in the Military History Museum of Budapest.
One of Orbáns close friends is the journalist Zsolt Bayer, who sports Fidesz party membership book number five. He insulted the British journalist Nick Cohen, the Green politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit and the world famous pianist András Schiff as “stinking excrement” - they had dared to point out deficits in democracy in the present system.
It was not his first paroxysm. Last summer he attacked Magdalena Marsovszky, an associate of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as “dung beetle”, because she had stated in an interview in the leftwing Budapest daily “Népszava” that “national rituals give her a rash.” Bayer concluded that the Academy is “degenerate” and subverted by Jews. Bayer gave additional evidence to Marsovszky, whose main field of research is anti-Semitism in Hungary
The Fidesz administered city of Esztergom has paid 25 million HUF (81.300 GBP) for Bayer’s legal expenses and will do so in the future. And on Friday January 21st the Fidesz led county council of Nógrád will give Bayer the Madách prize.
Orbán is invoking the myth of the Hungarian nation as eternal victim. He and his Fidesz-party are whipping up a hysterical nationalism and reward Zsolt Bayer, one of its most vitriolic and anti-Semitic perpetrators, with a prize named after one of Hungary’s greatest dramatists
Karl Pfeifer is a Contributing Writer to The Propagandist