Hungarian Collaborators in the Holocaust
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This paper analyzes the mass murder of Hungarian Jewry during World War II, and concludes that it was only possible with the cooperation of Hungarians working with the Nazi occupiers. The author traces the history of Jews in Hungary, citing that they had influential roles in government, industry and culture. The paper then shows how the Hungarians slowly started to assist Hitler with his final solution, citing the rise of fascist movements in Hungary during the war. The paper also addresses the troubling story of Rudolph Kasztner and his deal with Eichmann to save a small number of Hungarian Jews. The author concludes that the Holocaust in Hungary involved a set of circumstances where a people with rooted anti-Semitic views bent to the pressure of their Nazi occupiers.
From the Paper:"The typical Hungarian Jew lived in relative safety for many of the years of World War II compared to the millions of other Jews being killed at the hands of the Nazis. There are several reasons for this, first and foremost being that from October 1940 until March 1944 Hungary was an ally of Germany, providing Germany with raw materials and even participating in the invasion of Russia. Although Hitler did prod Hungarian leaders on the Jewish Question, he was very cautious. This cautious attitude stemmed partly from the fact that Jews in Hungary had been granted citizen status since their emancipation in 1867 and also the fact that the Jews of Hungary had a large role in the community and economy of Hungary."
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