WBEZ | Kelly Kerwin http://www.wbez.org/tags/kelly-kerwin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A rising star in Hungarian politics finds himself shut out over how Jewish he is http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/rising-star-hungarian-politics-finds-himself-shut-out-over-how-jewish <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5127113329_a652340827_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 428px; width: 300px; " title="Hungary's Liberty Statue in Budapest. (Flickr/redteam)" />No, this story isn&#39;t what you think it is i.e. it&#39;s not about anti-semitism in Hungary (though, on a grand level, it is a little bit). It&#39;s about the anti-semitic behavior of one person, and the hypocrisy that came with it. Director and dramaturg Kelly Kerwin spins the story of a man who escaped the notice of much of the U.S. press, but hasn&#39;t been so lucky in his native country. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><div><em>Csanad Szegedi, a high-ranking member of the Hungarian Parliament, was&nbsp;notorious for his seditious remarks regarding Jews: He accused them of &quot;buying up&rdquo; the country for&nbsp;Israel and, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/14/world/europe/ap-eu-hungary-rightists-roots.html?_r=3">according to </a></em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/08/14/world/europe/ap-eu-hungary-rightists-roots.html?_r=3">the New York Times</a>&nbsp;[via the Associated Press]<em>, &ldquo;railed about the &#39;Jewishness&#39; of the political elite.&rdquo;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>These comments are, naturally, controversial, but then Szegedi hit below the belt. He stated &ldquo;The&nbsp;problem the [Hungarian] radical right has with the Jews&rsquo; [is] that Jewish artists, actors and intellectuals&nbsp;[have] desecrated Hungary&#39;s national symbols.&rdquo;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>There are a few ways to rise to power in the modern-day Hungarian Parliament. Csanad&nbsp;Szegedi chose&nbsp;the anti-Semetic route.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>This 30-year old Hungarian parliament member of the Jobbik party had the (neo-Nazi) world at his&nbsp;fingertips and he was going to paint the town red (with the blood of Jews). But, as with everything in&nbsp;life, power has a price. &ldquo;Neither can live while the other survives&rdquo; &ldquo;Winter is coming&rdquo; &ldquo;Against the&nbsp;power of Mordor there can be no victory.&rdquo; &ldquo;&ldquo;Do or do not... there is no try.&rdquo; &ldquo;Why should I fear to trace&nbsp;my birth? Nothing can make me other than I am.&rdquo; Szegedi, has never heard this last quote. From&nbsp;</em>Oedipus<em>. And now, Csanad Szegedi has revealed to the Jobbik Party, to the Hungarian people, and to&nbsp;the world something he recently discovered: Csanad Szeged, the famed anti-Semite, is Jewish.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/rising-star-hungarian-politics-finds-himself-shut-out-over-how-jewish