In Hungarian history, western or eastern orientation has been one of the most important aspects of national identity. The phenomenon of Turanism should be seen in that context.
In previous decades Hungary was celebrated as the “happiest barracks in the Eastern Bloc” and as the model pupil of the free market economy. Today the country is under constant fire in the press and political arena alike. This is related not only to the economic difficulties and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s “shift to the right” but also to the decreased geopolitical significance of the country.
Raoul Wallenberg was born 100 years ago in August 1912 in Kappsta, Sweden. He disappeared on 17 January 67 years ago. The date and circumstances of his death remain shrouded in mystery. What is certain, however, is that the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest from deportation and death will never be forgotten in Sweden, Hungary and Israel in particular.
Professor Dr. Hans Mommsen tackled aspects of Germany’s attempts to face its Nazi past when he delivered a lecture titled “Coming to terms with the Nazi past in the Federal Republic of Germany. Burden and Obligation” at Andrássy University last Tuesday.
Bob Dent searches for some missing history. When I first came to Budapest in the 1980s there was a memorial plaque on the façade of the M?csarnok or Hall of Arts in Heroes’ Square. The plaque commemorated a massive workers’ demonstration of 1 September 1930. The marchers had passed through Heroes’ Square on their way to City Park. In recent years it has struck me that the plaque is no longer there.