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Guest Post by Karl Pfeifer

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Regular readers of Searchlight and anti-fascists will know Karl Pfeifer.

Karl is a member of the board of control of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), Vienna correspondent of the Budapest weekly, Hetek.

I am extremely pleased to be able to publish one of his articles as a guest post:

Szaniszló: “Hungarians God’s chosen people” By Karl Pfeifer

It is a real pity that Hungarian is such a difficult language. [1] Watching the Budapest extreme-right Echo TV in 2010 and listening to the monologue of Ferenc Szaniszló, I thought Colonel Blimp was reborn in the Carpathian basin.

The only difference was, he didn’t speak English but Hungarian and he had no moustache. But it was the same form of Jingoism, added to that, nonsense dressed up as scientific fact plus coded antisemitism.

Ferenc Szaniszló was sent during the Brezhnev time to study journalism in Moscow and became a correspondent of the government daily “Magyar Hirlap” in the Soviet Union. And like so many Hungarian journalists, who were loyal scribblers during communism, he later became a turncoat and joined the right-wing choir.

In his monologue, he informs the public that the Hungarians are God’s chosen people.

“We Sumerians, Scythes, Etruscans, Celts, Huns, or Hungarians have suffered because of our being chosen. […] Those who are envious, our occupiers […] in reality are looking for the elixir, how they could become Hungarians, how they could participate in our secrets, in the advantages of our being chosen.”

In the context of his rant, it is clear what he is implying, that Jews have occupied Hungary or are about to occupy it. A legend that many Hungarians seem to believe. Szaniszló then goes on to rave about the special conditions of the Carpathian basin and of Hungary, where all the enemies suffer defeat.

In reality, Hungary was defeated during the First World War and repeated its mistake when it joined Hitler during the Second Word War. Hungary was for decades occupied by the Red Army.

Szaniszló tells an incredible story, that there is a special radiation against the enemies of the Hungarian people in the Carpathian basin and that the Soviet occupiers in Hungary got special payment for that.

To me it looks like part of an attempt to brainwash the Hungarian people.

Of course, after the coming election in April 2010 the terrible awakening will happen.

The right-wing believe that all they have to do is to blame the Jews to be the cause of all the trouble, by inciting people against an abstract object “The Jew”, and in doing so hoodwink the Hungarians. The mythical target of “The Jew” conceals the otherwise obvious fact that a racist interpretation of Hungary’s problems bears little relationship to reality.

It should not come as any surprise as to how low the level of such right-wing journalism in Hungary has sunk, but that Szaniszló succeeds in proving that he is of the lowest intellectual and political calibre.

1. For those who understand Hungarian I recommend watching Szaniszló.

Written by modernityblog

23/01/2010 at 03:33

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  1. Hmm the Arrow Cross are back in a different guise… I’ll have to see if I can find out more about him

    jams O'Donnell

    23/01/2010 at 12:13

  2. Indeed Jams,

    I didn’t know about Szaniszló, but I get an update from Hungary on a regular basis and it seems a bit up in the air, with many following in their wake, a generalise right-wing shift and more than one demagogue around. I think there’s a lot more to learn on how the far right is rising in the East.


    23/01/2010 at 15:08

  3. Same here with the updates. Hungary and also Romania seem to be ripe territory for such groups.. thinks Jobbik and Vadim Tudor’s lot respectively

    jams O'Donnell

    24/01/2010 at 20:10

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