VERITAS Research Institute and Archives

In his New York Times piece entitled A Friend to Israel, and to Bigots: Viktor Orban’s ‘Double Game’ on Anti-Semitism, Patrick Kingsley references the VERITAS Institute and Director Sándor Szakály on Miklós Horthy:

“[Director of the VERITAS Research Institute and Archives] Sandor Szakaly has said that the Horthy regime was legally justified in deporting 18,000 Hungarian Jews in 1941 who were later massacred in Ukraine.”

This is not the first time Mr. Kingsley has taken Dr. Szakály’s statement out of historical context.

In March 2018, a few weeks before publication of his article How Viktor Orban Bends Hungarian Society to His Will, Mr. Kingsley emailed Dr. Szakály a number of questions, to which Dr. Szakály provided detailed answers in English. In his article, however, Mr. Kingsley ignored Dr. Szakály’s feedback, and instead rendered a portrayal that distorted reality. In the interests of accuracy, the reader may find the questions and Dr. Szakály’s answers in the PDF linked here.

Comment: The following can be read from Sándor Szakály’s MTI interview conducted on January 17th, 2014: “ contrast to the general image of Hungary in WWII, it should also be noted that truly significant suffering by Hungarian Jewry occurred upon the occupation of Hungary by German troops on March 19th, 1944, from which point the sovereignty of the country was severely limited. He suggested that several historians had come to the conclusion that the first deportation from Hungary during WWII had taken place in Kaminits-Podilskiy in 1941, but that in his opinion this action could be instead referred to as an immigration procedure, for those without Hungarian citizenship were sent there. He also emphasized that when it became known that many of the deportees had been killed, Hungarian Minister of the Interior Ferenc Keresztes-Fischer allowed repatriation to Hungary on their behalf.”