Under the title “What comes after the survival syndrome?”, Gábor Szántó T. discusses the speech delivered at the anniversary celebration of the liberation of the ghetto in Budapest. He is critical towards the type of Jewish mentality which considers the Red Army only as the liberator and forgets about the victims of communist dictatorship. He claims “we cannot build a political programme on grieve over the Holocaust”.
In the Jewish community of the town of Debrecen a group of the members have accused chairman Péter Weisz and his closest colleagues of keeping their leading position through constantly breeching the community’s regulations and of making several million forint deals without the authorization of the assembly. Chairman Weisz denies all charges. János Gadó tried to find out more about the case.
In our World section we deal with the cultural debate in Europe generated by the issue of Muslim headscarves. In France and in several other European countries the size of the local Muslim population reaches ten percent. Many people blame these groups for the increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents occuring in the last three years. Experts stress that Islam may pose a threat to the liberal democracies of the West: with both potential terrorism and demographic changes. The aging population of these Western states faces an expanding and younger Muslim population which is frustrated to a growing extent.
In an article under the title “Kibbutz: a fading away dream” Yehuda Lahav explains how the kibbutzim are trying to meet the challenges of today’s individualistic consumers’ society.
In “Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism: a Resurgence of Old Animosities or Something New” Alvin Rosenfeld sums up what he experienced in Germany.
In our new section “Media Criticism” we have selected some articles to display how biased the Hungarian media scene can be in this respect – at both ends of the political spectrum.