The Sydney Morning Herald
Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews: He accused them of "buying up" the country, railed about the "Jewishness" of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols.
Then came a revelation that knocked him off his perch as ultra-nationalist standard-bearer: Szegedi himself is a Jew.
There are some predictably sleazy Hungarian and EU politics and uniforms and the rest of the right wing opera involved here, (see John Thomas Didymus' DJ article
) but Szegedi’s revelation about his ancestry is what interests me.
Szegedi’s Jewish credentials couldn’t be much more Jewish in terms of the historically grim range of qualifications for membership of the Jewish people- His grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor and his grandfather a forced labor camp survivor.
Szegedi has now done a further departure from the anti-Semitic script, promising to go to Auschwitz to pay his respects. Maybe the idea that he was actively supporting the mindset which tried to exterminate his own family and prevent his own birth got through. Strange how genocide becomes less attractive when it’s you they’re trying to exterminate, isn’t it?
The extreme right wing Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky was also a virulent anti-Semite until he discovered he, too, was Jewish. Seems anti-Semites can hate anyone, until they find out that it’s themselves they’re hating. Some people never quite take that further step and realize that bullshit is always bullshit, whatever the subject, and however loudly they yell.
Maybe the idea that people are people might eventually penetrate the wider society, too. It’s only been 5000 years, give it time…