Paul Grubach points out on Sunday, January 17, 2010 that Jewish academics confirm what David Irving wrote about the role of Hungary's Jews in their Communist regime and secret police
Photo: The Budapest regime's secret police were largely Jewish, and suffered the consequences in the initial anti-Communist pogrom of October 1956
Jews and Communism in post-war Hungary.
Vindicating a David Irving thesis in "Uprising!"
YOUR fine history of 1956 Hungarian revolution, Uprising!, was viciously attacked from certain quarters when it was first published. I would like to bring to your attention the findings of two renowned Jewish-American sociologists that actually vindicate the book's thesis.
On page 89 of Stanley Rothman's and S. Robert Lichter's Roots of Radicalism: Jews, Christians, and the New Left, originally published in 1982 by Oxford University Press, we read:
"[T]he leading cadres of Communist party in the postwar period [of Hungary] were Jews, who completely dominated the regime until 1952-53. Then a series of purges, stemming in part from Stalin's anti-Semitism, eliminated many of them. Jews were also active in other parties, including the Social Democrats, before such parties were crushed by the Communist regime. Their role was most significant, however, within the Communist party. The top membership of the new Communist regime, including the secret police, during its first years was almost entirely Jewish. The wags of Budapest explained the presence of a lone gentile in the party leadership on the grounds that a 'goy' was needed to turn on the lights on Saturday [sic]."
Photo right shows: Image of Matyas Rakosi, Hungary's Jewish dictator, being burnt by angry insurgents in1956
Rothman and Lichter continue: "Once again, these were largely deracinated Jews who had little or no sense of their Jewish background and little or no sympathy for their Jewish compatriots. Indeed, the remnants of the Hungarian Jewish middle class suffered considerably during their reign, as did Jews in other political parties. Most of the Jews in the party leadership were Stalinists by temperament as well as conviction. As Richard Burks notes, '...they did not let mercy or other humanitarian considerations stand in their way when it came to dealing with the class enemy.' Their rule was Draconian, dominated by terror and characterized by the extensive use of the secret police."
The authors then conclude with these comments: "Jews were on both sides of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Many old-line Stalinists feared the possibility of retribution should a noncommunist or more liberal regime come to power. On the other hand, many Jewish writers and intellectuals were in the forefront of the reform movement."