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Son of Saul wins the Oscar

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

As László Nemes’ drama is awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, commentators offer various interpretations of the movie, but all agree that it is an important work of art. READ MORE

Holocaust denier sentenced to fine – or jail

Monday, January 11th, 2016

As a Facebook commenter is sentenced to pay a high fine or go to prison for Holocaust denial, commentators wonder whether  sanctioning hate speech makes sense as a means of fighting anti-Semitism. READ MORE

Holocaust-comparisons in migration debates

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

A left-wing pundit protests against the use of the Holocaust as an argument in controversies over the current migration wave. He warns that such practices are tantamount to trivialising the Holocaust. READ MORE

Catholic university’s Holocaust course

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Conservative pundits disagree over a decision by the Péter Pázmány Catholic University to launch a mandatory course on the Holocaust.
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Hungary protests against Holocaust comments by FBI director

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Népszabadság takes up the defence of FBI director James Corney who said that Nazis and their accomplices in many countries, including Hungary, thought they were doing the right thing. The left-wing daily says leading Hungarian government politicians have amply confessed Hungary’s war time sins. READ MORE

Auschwitz anniversary

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

A left-wing commentator thinks Prime Minister Orbán should have attended the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. A right-wing analyst quotes his words, admitting Hungary’s guilt for the Holocaust. READ MORE

House of Fates to express a ‘Love Story’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Historian Mária Schmidt, in charge of the ‘House of Fates’ project, defends the concept of the planned Holocaust memorial museum against leftist criticism and condemns the Cabinet Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s office for employing one of the main opponents of the project as his adviser. READ MORE

Homage to Imre Kertész

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Historian Mária Schmidt praises Nobel Prize winning writer Imre Kertész for his staunch opposition to all forms of dictatorship. She wonders why Kertész’s “needle-sharp” analyses on Hungary’s recent past are not a topic ofpublic discourse. READ MORE

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