Anti-Semitism in Hungary

IN RECENT YEARS, domestic and international public discourse regarding anti-Semitism in Hungary has been characterized by banal understatements and exaggerated overstatements at the same time. Headlines such as “Hungary: The Cancer in the Middle of Europe?”; “Fast jeder zweite ungarische Jude überlegte Auswanderung” (“Almost every second Hungarian Jew has considered emigration”); and “Hungary is anti-Semitic and vile to the Roma. Don’t dare lecture us, Mr Commissioner” are often seen in the international press. As a response, the Hungarian government resorts to “double standards,” emphasizing its commitment against anti-Semitism but refusing to confront justified claims about anti-Semitism and the far right in Hungary. We should base our decisions on established knowledge, while always being aware of complexities, as well as seek to find meaningful ways to reduce anti-Semitism. Using testimonies in formal education might be one of these strategies.

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Categories Anti-Semitism research, Press | Tags: | Posted on June 22, 2014

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