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Responsibility of WW2 Allies in Hungary’s Nazi occupation


In the leading online left-wing liberal news site, a historian accuses a colleague of trying to whitewash Hungarian leaders of responsibility for the Holocaust, by suggesting that the occupation in March 1944 was provoked by the Allied powers in clear disregard for the fate of Hungarian Jews.

Remembering Hungary’s occupation by Nazi Germany


A historian remembering Hungary’s 1944 occupation contends that the Allied powers ignored the fate of Hungarian Jews. Another young historian calls for a more nuanced and less politicized interpretation of the 1944 events.

Nazi Occupation Memorial divides public


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.

Monument to mark Nazi occupation nears completion


Left-liberal commentators reject the Prime Minister’s statement, which justifies the controversial statue project as a gesture to remember all victims of Nazi occupation. One even calls the statue a Nazi monument that will be blown up. A pro-government columnist says it is obvious that the monument expresses the condemnation of ...

American Embassy on the Nazi Occupation Memorial


A leftist daily describes a statement issued by the US Embassy as another clear warning to the government, while its right-wing counterpart finds it strange that a the Embassy takes a view of a Hungarian issue.

Culture war resumes over Nazi occupation monument


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 ...

Left accused of teaming up with Nazis


The leading pro-government daily devotes two comments in as many issues to accuse the left of condoning pro-Nazi behaviour in its bid for power two weeks before the general election.

First comments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine


A liberal correspondent believes that Russia intends to topple the Kiev government but will not attempt to keep Ukraine under military occupation. A business analyst weighs the risks for the Hungarian economy.

French terrorist acts depicted as an attack on Christianity


Two right-wing commentators see the French terrorist attacks as an assault on Christianity, and accuse left-wing liberal advocates of multiculturalism and an open society of being complicit in the violence.

A mix of history and politics in interpretations of 1956


Articles on the 64th anniversary of the revolution tend to reflect the well-known polarisation of public opinion on cultural and political issues.