The Fall of Bela Kun.Various versions of the downfall of the communist government in Hungary were published, all tinged more or less by the bias of the writers. An exact report of events was not available. The following account based on the report of travellers agrees in essentials with many others. One of the chief causes of weakness in the new regime was the antipathy to the Jews. In the country districts the feeling was widespread that the revolution had been a movement on the part of the Jews to seize the power for themselves, and the remark was frequently heard that if the Jews of Budapest died of starvation so much the better for the rest of the country. The government of Bela Kun was composed almost exclusively of Jews who held also most of the administrative offices. The communists had united at first with the Socialists who were not of the extremely radical party, but resembled somewhat the Labor parties or the trade unionist groups in other countries. Bela Kun did not, however, select his personnel from among them, but turned to the Jews and constituted virtually a Jewish bureaucracy. This gave rise to a formidable spirit of anti-Semitism, and the Socialists themselves encouraged this spirit. The Jews to avoid odium had themselves baptized in large numbers—some 80,000 in two months it was said. The opinion spread that communism was only a sort of Jewish conspiracy to subdue the Christian world, and the policy of the government did not remove this prejudice, but strengthened it rather by its severe course toward the church. It appropriated church property, secularized the congregations, forbade the wearing of clerical vestments, and threw bishops and other church dignitaries into prison. All of these acts were exploited by their enemies with great effect. For example, it was said that anti-Semites on a religious holiday employed agents to desecrate objects of worship and incite to riot, which acts of violence were then attributed to the government. Then the ministry of Bela Kun pursued an unpopular school policy. It introduced co-education and forbade religious teaching. It was also accused of inculcating lax morality among the young and making marriage and divorce so easy that the result was practically a system of free union. The communists were also accused of preaching the doctrine of free union. Moreover, it was said that pupils were constrained to attend courses in which the doctrines of communism were preached. These mistakes or excesses in the moral domain gave the final blow to the system. So long as communism stayed within the economic field alone, it had sympathy even in conservative quarters where there was resentment against the excesses of the rich classes. But the moment it tried to break up the institution of the family and change the moral outlook of the people it found the masses against it. Thus it fell from power sooner than it would have fallen if it had adhered exclusively to an economic programme, although even in the latter case it was not believed by most observers according to the reports in the press that the system would have lasted long.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
1919 report on Jewish Bolshevism in Hungary
The New International Year Book: A Compendium of the World's Progress for
the Year 1919 published in 1920 in New York, states the following of the short
lived Jewish Bolshevik regime led by the Jew Bela Kun in Hungary
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