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Nazi invasion memorial completed

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of arrogance and the falsification of history, as the monument commemorating the victims of the 1944 Nazi occupation of Hungary is completed. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, believes that the memorial is a good visualization of the national tragedy caused by the loss of its sovereignty, without whitewashing Hungary of its own historical responsibility. READ MORE

Historians’ debate reheated

Monday, July 14th, 2014

A leading conservative historian accuses a group of left-liberal intellectuals of creating vicious divisions within society by using World War Two history for political purposes. Liberal historians reply by accusing her of historical revisionism. READ MORE

Dispute over gay and heterosexual pride

Monday, July 7th, 2014

On the eve of the annual Budapest Pride walk, conservative columnists suspect that the gay pride movement has been taken over by a militant core that wants to force its worldview on majorities and silence those who do not agree with them. Liberal commentators accuse conservative religious defenders of traditional values and the family of reframing old style homophobia. READ MORE

Culture war over István Tisza’s statue

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

A left-wing columnist criticizes the government for claiming historical continuity with István Tisza, an early 20th century conservative statesman. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, believes that left-wing and liberal politicians are still failing to come to terms both with Hungary’s past, and her national heroes. READ MORE

Nazi Occupation Memorial divides public

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A liberal columnist comments on a recent opinion survey about the Nazi Occupation Memorial in Budapest, and contends that without a proper debate on the controversial past, the erection of statues is simply a waste of money and a divisive act in Hungary. READ MORE

Fears and hopes for the next four years

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Commentators wonder whether or not the next Orbán government will strike a more conciliatory tone, and seek compromises in the economy and in symbolic battles at home and on the European scene. READ MORE

Culture war resumes over Nazi occupation monument

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Left-wing commentators accuse the government of courting anti-Semitic voters and PM Orbán of reneging on his earlier promises, as the building of the controversial Second World War memorial in Budapest resumes. A conservative pundit suspects “external forces” of trying to blame the persecution of Hungarian Jews on ordinary Hungarians rather than on the Nazi invaders. READ MORE

No end in sight for World War Two controversies

Monday, February 10th, 2014

In the increasingly polarized debate over the commemoration of the Holocaust and the Nazi occupation of Hungary, a left-wing and a liberal pundit call for a boycott of government sponsored events. A moderate conservative commentator, on the other hand, fears that the lack of compromise on the memorial will only serve anti-Semites and those interested in entrenching ideological cleavages. READ MORE

No end to Culture Wars over Holocaust memorial year

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A Jewish cultural weekly suggests that Jewish organizations should be prepared to make compromises but should also stay away from some of the events of the Holocaust memorial year. Reacting to earlier and sharper comments, one of the leading architects of the memorial year says the attacks are part and parcel of the election campaign.  A conservative editor takes her defence against what he considers a vicious personal attack by a liberal historian. READ MORE

Marx’s statue – another battle in the war of monuments

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Left-wing pundits welcome the decision of Corvinus University to keep Karl Marx’s statue on its premises, rejecting a claim that the figure of the “intellectual father” of Communism should not be exhibited in the University’s main hall and serve as a daily meeting point for young people. READ MORE