Friday, 26 April 2013

Hungarian Jews: Building Bridges ... to Auschwitz!





Published on Apr 26, 2013

"Death to the Jews!" 

"Auschwitz isn't this way!" 

"We're taking you to a free campsite, with heating!" 

"No return ticket!"

Slogans like these were heard in the streets of Budapest last year, when the Hungarian capital was invaded by a demonstration by the extreme right.

As police looked on arms folded, one journalist who was filming had his nose broken in five places.

We met up with him six months later. He is still waiting for any charges to be brought, after having filed two complaints against his attackers, and the police.

"I looked over our videos of the past years, when they are shouting for example anti-semitic or anti-gypsy words. In the past it was a bit more covered. But now it's really direct. It shows maybe it's more "OK" now to speak directly and to speak with hate," says Barna Szasz.

This rise in extremism fuelled a record turnout for the 'March for Life' in Budapest on April 21st, the traditional march in memory of the more than 500,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust in World War Two.

It is also one of the reasons why the World Jewish Congress' Plenary session, normally held in Israel, is coming to Budapest this year.

Anti-semitic incidents have risen in the last few months in Hungary, which has Central Europe's largest Jewish community.

This is on top of a rising number of regular attacks against Roma peoples. The blame is often laid at the door of the extreme right-wing Jobbik party, the country's third-largest political force.

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