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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Political, social turmoil worries Hungary’s Jews

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA May 13, 2012

BUDAPEST -- The debate over anti-Semitism in Hungary has sharpened since the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-Roma (Gypsy) Jobbik movement entered Parliament two years ago as the country’s third largest party. Seeking scapegoats and channeling paranoia...

Rabbi Zoltan Radnoti takes part in a Music Against Racism concert at Chanukah, 2009.

Hungarian official calls actor a ‘filty Jew’

JTA May 10, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has cancelled a planned visit to the northern town of Eger to protest reported anti-Semitic comments directed at Jewish actor Jozsef Szekhelyi. Ambassador Ilan Mor expressed support for Szekhelyi, a veteran actor who has...

ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes up slightly in Europe

JTA March 22, 2012

NEW YORK -- A new Anti-Defamation League poll found that anti-Semitic attitudes in several European countries have increased marginally since 2009. The poll, which was released Tuesday, reported slight increases in overall anti-Semitic attitudes in a...

Hungarian official rejects anti-Semitism charges in Kertesz case

JTA March 7, 2012

PRAGUE -- A Hungarian government official rejected charges of anti-Semitism in the asylum case of Hungarian-Jewish writer Akos Kertesz. Following Kertesz's political asylum request last week to Canada, the head of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat...

Writer Akos Kertesz seeks political asylum

JTA March 5, 2012

Award-winning Hungarian-Jewish writer Akos Kertesz has confirmed that he has applied for political asylum in Canada. Harassment and threats following the author’s controversial statements about Hungary's role in the Holocaust have led him to seek asylum...

Hungarian political leader questions Holocaust, Israel

JTA February 5, 2012

A leader of Hungary's far-right, anti-Semitic Jobbik Party questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jews were colonizing Hungary, in an interview with Britain's Jewish Chronicle. Marton Gyongyosi, deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman for Jobbik,...

Anti-Semitic Hungarian writer and politician, Istvan Csurka, dies

JTA February 5, 2012

Istvan Csurka, a far-right Hungarian writer and politician who was notorious for his anti-Semitism, has died. His family announced his death of an undisclosed illness at the age of 77 on Saturday. Late last year Csurka, a playwright and essayist, had...

Hungary, Sweden kick off Raoul Wallenberg Year

JTA January 18, 2012

Ceremonies in Budapest inaugurated Raoul Wallenberg Year, a series of events marking the centennial of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, Swedish Foreign...

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