Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2014

Csanád Szegedi was a prominent right-wing extremist in Hungary until he discovered his own Jewish roots in 2012. Since then, he has undergone a radical reinvention and is even learning Hebrew. His grandmother, though, continues to hide her Auschwitz tattoo. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

'Only in the Chimney': Anti-Semitic Carol Causes Uproar in Romania

'Only in the Chimney': Anti-Semitic Carol Causes Uproar in Romania

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Advocacy groups are incensed after a Romanian government-owned channel broadcast a Christmas song glorifying the Holocaust and calling for Jews to be burned. The channel is blaming a local group for the performance. more... Comment ]

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

A vast survey conducted by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights and published Friday contains troubling results almost exactly 75 years after Kristallnacht: Jews in Germany and seven other EU countries continue to live in fear of verbal or physical abuse -- whether in public or, increasingly, online. By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]

New German Biography: Hitler's Underestimated Charisma

New German Biography: Hitler's Underestimated Charisma

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

There's no disputing Adolf Hitler was responsible for some of the most monstrous acts ever committed. In an interview about his new biography, however, historian Volker Ullrich discusses a dictator who was an anti-Semite but also a man of considerable charm. Interview conducted by Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

'Yid Army': Football Teams' 'Jewish' Identities Questioned

'Yid Army': Football Teams' 'Jewish' Identities Questioned

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

They call themselves the "Yid Army" and "Super Jews": For decades, the fans of football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax Amsterdam have maintained a Jewish identity despite lacking links to the religion. Criticism of the practice is growing. By Hendrik Buchheister more... Comment ]

Missing the Point: Hungarian Leader Whitewashes Anti-Semitism

Missing the Point: Hungarian Leader Whitewashes Anti-Semitism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2013

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sought this weekend to convince some 500 Jewish leaders gathered in Budapest that his government is committed to combating a frightening increase in anti-Semitism. His speech, however, was notable more for what it left out than what it said. By James Kirchick in Budapest more... Comment ]

Growing Anti-Semitism: World Jewish Congress Takes on Hungary

Growing Anti-Semitism: World Jewish Congress Takes on Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2013

In symbolic protest of growing anti-Semitism in Hungary, the World Jewish Congress will meet in Budapest this weekend. This has angered Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who plans to address the assembly about the criticism. But no amount of talk can erase the fact that right-wing extremism is on the rise there. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]

Wagner's Dark Shadow: Can We Separate the Man from His Works?

Wagner's Dark Shadow: Can We Separate the Man from His Works?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2013

Born 200 years ago, Germany's most controversial composer's music is cherished around the world, though it will always be clouded by his anti-Semitism and posthumous association with Adolf Hitler. Richard Wagner's legacy prompts the question: Can Germans enjoy any part of their history in a carefree way? By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Augstein Debate: Rabbi Refuses to Weaken 'Anti-Semite' Claims

Augstein Debate: Rabbi Refuses to Weaken 'Anti-Semite' Claims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2013

Rabbi Abraham Cooper has reiterated the Simon Wiesenthal Center's stance that German journalist Jakob Augstein, who also writes a column for SPIEGEL ONLINE, is a leading anti-Semite. He said that Augstein's recent comments have done nothing to change his opinion. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Blurring Boundaries: Hungarian Leader Adopts Policies of Far-Right

Blurring Boundaries: Hungarian Leader Adopts Policies of Far-Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2013

Internationally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán likes to present himself as a champion of democracy. At home, though, he is implementing one policy after the other that is inspired by the right-wing extremist Jobbik party. Too often, Brussels downplays the problem. By Keno Verseck more... Comment ]