Given our current situation, anti-Semitism is not just our right, but it is the duty of every Hungarian homeland lover, and we must prepare for armed battle against the Jews.
– A Newsletter published by “The trade union of Hungarian police officers prepared for action,” quoted in Haaretz.
When I first moved to Budapest from Southern California I was cautioned to avoid wearing a Star of David, a yarmulke, or any other Jewish symbols. Many people will refrain from openly identifying themselves as being Jewish out of fear. When I rented my first apartment, my Jewish landlords were very nervous about my putting up a mezuzah, fearing their property would be vandalized. And I quickly learned my lesson when a swastika was painted outside my apartment window.
A recent article in HaAretz documents just how acceptable it has become in Hungary to blame social woes on Jews and Gypsies:
A crumbling country, torn apart by Hungarian-Gypsy civil war, could easily be claimed by the rich Jews,” the article [mentioned above] went on to say. “That is why we should expect a Hungarian-Gypsy civil war, fomented by Jews as they rub their hands together with pleasure.