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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hungarian Anti-semite Handled Truth Better than Madeleine Albright

You might have heard the story, which is now on the BBC movie site about the Hungarian former antisemite, pro-Nazi, who discovered the truth about his background and became an observant Jew.

I was very impressed that the BBC, which isn't known for being at all sympathetic to Jews, Judaism and Israel, is promoting a movie about Csanad Szegedi.


A leading member of a Hungarian anti-Semitic party, notorious for his provocative comments about Jews has discovered that he is a Jew himself.Ultra nationalist Csanad Szegedi of the far-right Jobbik Party had accused Jews of ‘buying up’ the country, railed about the ‘Jewishness’ of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols. That was until it was revealed that his grandmother was a survivor of Auschwitz death camp and his grandfather was a forced labour camp veteran.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2188722/Anti-Semitic-politician-Csanad-Szegedi-discovers-Jewish-heritage.html#ixzz4APMYhUBl Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Yes, this is an amazing and encouraging story. And it brings me back to the very different reactions of former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright when she was confronted with her Jewish background.
"Also, the whole aspect of charity and forgiveness and generosity — these are common in all religions as far as I can tell. It’s interesting, I was always the most most religious member of my family. ... Even as a little girl, I played priest. I really find there is a comfort in religion and it doesn’t matter which of the various traditions, it’s a similar aspect. ... The thing that makes me the saddest is the divisions created by religion when it should be the opposite. ... I look for the common threads rather than the divisive ones." Madeleine Albright, HuffPost
What I find most telling, most different in these two people is their general philosophy in life. It's pretty obvious that Csanad Szegedi, as antisemite, lehavdil (to differentiate,) and later as Torah Observant Jew believes there's one right, while Albright goes for her version of general spirituality, no true religion.

Just curious. Are you the "one right" or "many rights" type of person? I know what I am.


J. Eric Andreasen said...

Actually, Ms. Albright has one, specific, religion. It has guided her during her entire life. It is governed by the most jealous of gods. She worships the plenary, and limitless, State.

Batya Medad said...

Like many immigrants... good point.