Hungary

  • Neo-nazi Attack at Jewish Theater Prompts Renewed Fears in Hungary

    An acid and feces attack at the Budapest Jewish Theater just before Rosh Hashanah has revived concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary. The attack, which occurred after the premiere of a provocative parody of porn, is believed to be the first open and physical attack against Jews since the country’s democratic transition in 1989. "Gecy"… More ▸

  • Finding a Jewish Connection at a Family Camp in Hungary

    A friend told me recently about an article he had read proposing that one way to encourage children to eat salad is to drizzle a dab of dressing on top. This way, they would associate healthy eating with something positive rather than the parental harangue, "Because it’s good for you." I was reminded of this… More ▸

  • Far-right Hungarian Group Rises, Some Are Receptive to Rhetoric

    For the first time in his 33 years, Peter says, a homegrown Hungarian movement is articulating a vision for how Hungarians can preserve their culture and traditions. It doesn’t matter that members of the new Hungarian Guard parade in black combat boots and uniforms emblazoned with a red-and-white symbol reminiscent of the local Nazi party,… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Controversial Flag Resurfaces in Hungarian Protests, Politics

    Amid street protests that turned violent around the 50th anniversary of Hungary’s famous anti-Soviet uprising, one visual has struck Hungarian Jews: the growing ubiquity of the country’s centuries-old Arpad flag. The red-and-white striped flag may best capture the aggressive mood of Hungarian politics today. With roots tracing back more than 800 years to a medieval… More ▸

  • Hungarian Jews Can’t Bank on Compensation for Accounts

    Growing up in small-town Hungary, Endre Schvab dreamed of being a pharmacist. But born in 1924, he came of age in an era when Hungary restricted its Jews from enrolling in university. Learning a trade was more realistic. “So the whole family decided he would become an optometrist,” recalls his daughter, Agnes Somlai. To that… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Peace Restored After Violent Protests, but Hungarian Jews Remain Concerned

    Peace has been restored to Budapest after violent anti-government protests tinged with anti-Semitism, but some Jews, particularly the elderly, worry about the impact of the turbulent political climate on Hungary’s Jewish community. “Older Jews feel worried, even threatened. They saw some men on the television wearing the old Hungarian Nazi uniform,” said Ferenc Olti, a… More ▸

  • In Hungary, and Around the World, Countries Mark Holocaust Memorial Day

    Politicians, Jewish leaders and members of the Catholic Church gathered at the Hungarian Parliament to mark the first-ever international memorial day for the Holocaust. “The tragedy of the Hungarian Jews started in this room, in the Upper House of the Hungarian Parliament with the passing of the anti-Jewish laws before the war,” Peter Feldmayer, the… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World in Hungary, New Groups Seek to Expand Notion of Community

    An experiment is under way in Hungary to change the perception of Jewish community and broaden its definition to enable wider representation of grassroots Jewish interests. Called the Jewish Forum, the initiative links 18 of the country’s often fractious Jewish organizations into a loose coalition that also aims to provide a meeting point for individual… More ▸