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12th district mayor praised for confronting family history

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

A rabbi welcomes Budapest 12th district mayor Zoltán Pokorni’s courage in facing up to his family history and publicly discussing his grandfather’s involvement in the murder of Jews in World War Two. READ MORE

77th anniversary of the Disaster on the Don

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

A pro-government author describes the soldiers of both Hungary and the Soviet Union who fell in the Second World War as ordinary citizens who had no choice but to fight far from their homelands. READ MORE

Hóman remembered for both his merits and his sins

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A pro-government writer admits that monuments to historic heroes should only be erected after a thorough public debate on their merits and faults. READ MORE

Responsibility of WW2 Allies in Hungary’s Nazi occupation

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

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. READ MORE

Remembering Hungary’s occupation by Nazi Germany

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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. READ MORE

Dispute over history curriculum

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A liberal and a left-wing columnist harshly criticize a conservative historian’s suggestion that history education should be used to strengthen national feeling. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, welcomes the proposal. READ MORE

Dispute over Hungary’s Turkic heritage

Friday, October 5th, 2018

A conservative commentator accuses the government of advancing Hungary’s Turkic ancestry out of geopolitical considerations. Another conservative historian dismisses the accusation, and welcomes the inclusion of the nomadic heritage in the Hungarian national identity. READ MORE

Saint Stephen’s myth revised

Monday, August 20th, 2018

A pro-government political scientist challenges the established view that the founder of the Hungarian state opted for the West when he pledged allegiance to the Pope and  enforced Christianity in his nascent state. READ MORE

Exodus route deleted from school map

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

A conservative pundit pokes fun at the authorities who wiped Moses’ route to the Promised Land from school maps in order not to offend either Jewish or Palestinian Arab sensitivities. READ MORE

Statue strife Nr 2: György Donáth

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Commenting on a foiled initiative to unveil the bust of a pre-war right-wing politician, left-wing commentators accuse the government of indulging in a cult of racist personalities. Their pro-government counterpart denies the allegation that György Donáth was an anti-Semite, while an independent conservative author calls on the opposing sides to show more tolerance towards each other. READ MORE