Kunmadaras pogrom

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The Kunmadaras pogrom was a post-World War II anti-Semitic pogrom in Kunmadaras, Hungary.

The pogrom resulted in the killing of two and wounding of fifteen Jews on 22 May 1946. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, four Jews died.[1]

The riot started in the marketplace as a spontaneous protest against a suspected profiteer. Since the traditional occupation of the Jews in the area was trading, the image of a profiteer was conflated with that of a Jew. Therefore the riot grew into an anti-Jewish pogrom. The frenzy was further instigated by the rumors that the Jews were stealing Christian children. The historian Péter Apor made a peculiar observation about the subsequent trial of the pogromists: "The People's Tribunal managed to produce a narrative of an anti-Semitic pogrom without involving the Jewish victims." The pogrom was portrayed as a resurgence of fascism pitched against the nascent people's democracy.[2]

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  • Randolph L. Braham, Brewster S. Chamberlin (2004). Holocaust in Hungary: Sixty Years Later. Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York. pp. 167, 189. ISBN 0-88033-576-9.