Cover Osteuropa 12/2011

In Osteuropa 12/2011

Hungary and the Holocaust
History Policy and Historical Responsibility

Ferenc Laczó

Deutsche Fassung


Hungary bears a share of responsibility for the Holocaust of Hungarian Jews. It was Hungarians who deported 437,000 Jewish fellow citizens within a few weeks in 1944. One in three victims at Auschwitz was a Hungarian Jew. This is wellknown. But Hungary’s historical responsibility has not become a part of its history culture. Now remembrance of the Holocaust faces the risk of being sidelined. The current government is preoccupied by communist crimes in its history policy. The new constitution provides a view of history that implicitly acquits Hungary of any responsibility.

(Osteuropa 12/2011, pp. 315–334)