New York Times Polls Hungarians On Anti-Semitism
12/27/13
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The New York Times is conducting a survey of Hungarian Jews to help deepen its coverage of anti-Semitism in that country.

The survey, published online Tuesday, asks respondents whether they experienced anti-Semitism and considered emigrating as a result, among other questions.

“An openly anti-Semitic political party has gained power in Hungary’s Parliament in recent years, fueling fears that the Eastern European nation is experiencing a rise in anti-Jewish sentiment,” the paper wrote in an introduction to the online survey form.

“The Times will be taking a deep look at anti-Semitism in Hungary this coming year. As we report on this issue, we are hoping to hear from Hungarian Jews on their experiences,” the paper wrote.

Questions include: “What if anything are authorities in your community doing to curb or encourage anti-Semitism?” And: “What if anything are authorities in your community doing to curb or encourage anti-Semitism?”

Ninety percent of 517 Hungarian respondents to an EU survey on anti-Semitism conducted last year said anti-Semitism was either a “fairly big problem” or a “very big problem.”

Hungary, which is believed to have 100,000 Jews, also led in the number of Jews who said they had considered emigrating because of anti-Semitism, with 48 percent of Hungarian respondents replying in the affirmative, compared to 18 percent in Britain and a 29-percent average overall.

 

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I was born in Hungary and speak the language fluently. I have gone back frequently. mostly for business. A few years ago, I was in Budapest on October 23, the anniversary of the 1956 uprising against the Soviet led Hungarian government. Along with the official state sponsored commemoration, the Jobbik Party also had a large showing. Their openly anti-Semitic, anti Gypsy/Roma rhetoric sent shivers down my spine as I listened. Their rhetoric embraces the vicious anti semitic message of their spiritual predecessors, the Nyilas Party. The Nyilas butchered tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews as allies of the Gestapo.
Today, the same message resonates with many Hungarians. Jews I spoke with are afraid to voice their concerns as they are fearful of the backlash. The atmosphere is similar to what my parents experienced in Hungary in the 1930's. Nothing has changed. Nothing will change there. Hungarians are anti semitic and hate Jews.

Oh I can tell you all about Hungary, being that my father grew up there (father and mother were from different countries though).
Jobbik and Fidesz are very anti-Semitic, one should not think they are just playing up sympathies in order to hold onto power. They have some extremist thought, quite a bunch of wanna-be Nazis among their crowd. ADL should do some advertising in that country in order to calm down all the anti-Jewish rhetoric.
I would never disagree that Eastern Europe is very poor, and has very uneducated people that hold onto pre-WW2 mentality.
Hungary would be at the top of the list, far above Romania, Croatia, and a few others.

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