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Refugees crisis: Fisking the Hungarian Nazis for signs of a Holocaust

by | 10th, September 2015

Writing in the Independent , Robert Fisk talks abut Hungary, a land that “must look to its own history for migrant guidance”. The part of Hungary’s history Fisk wants the people to hack back to is a very narrow era:

Funny what a weather-vane the Second World War becomes in the hands of politicians and journalists. Europe faces the biggest refugee crisis since the 1939-1945 conflict, we are solemnly told. And there are the Hungarian police standing before the crowds of poor and desperate souls – most of them Muslims – outside Budapest’s main railway station, where even ticket-holders could not board the trains. Funny how the old memory buds don’t kick in at this point. For just 71 years ago, the Hungarian police were forcing tens of thousands of Jews on to trains out of Budapest, desperate to get them to Auschwitz on time. Adolf Eichmann was setting the rules.

See what he did there: Fisk likened the refugees fleeing Syria and hoping to reach Germany on a open train to the Jews sealed inside wagons being sent to death camps. These refugees are not being forcibly transported to their murders. They are people who have escaped Syria. They are also migrants who want better opportunities in Germany. The comparison between the industrial murder of Jews who held Hungarian citizenship and the plight of Syrians refugees is emotive reporting. It reduces the Holocaust. And it demeans the Hungarians, presenting them as a backward people who have failed to learn from past horrors.

And don’t think that the Hungarians were just unwilling tools of Germany’s march into Hungary towards the end of the war. The Hungarian police actually escorted the Jewish deportation trains right up to the border of Austria – which was then part of the Großdeutsches Reich – so that the Nazi authorities could speed them on to the extermination camps…

The Hungarians are not consigning the refugees to certain death. They are erecting barriers to passage, just as the British do at Calais, the Spanish do in Melia, the Americans do at every passport check point, the Saudis do at the border with Yemen, and so on.

Odd, isn’t it, how no one has made this particular connection with the Second World War.

No. It’s right they haven’t. To monster the Hungarians for dong what the British are also doing is unfair. To compare the Syrian refugees to Holocaust victims is ignorant.

Fisk sees the Syrian refugees arrive at Bicske rail station, a place “infamous for its police-controlled refugee centre”.

Nothing like 1944, of course. The cops offered the refugees bottled water and food. The last thing they wanted to do was to send the Muslims on to Germany. But they didn’t want them in Hungary either.

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