Kunmadaras pogrom

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

The program resulted in the killing of two and wounding of fifteen Jews on 22 May 1946. According to JTA four Jews eventually died.[1]

The riot started in the marketplace as a spontaneous protest against a suspected profiteer. Since 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 are 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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Further reading[edit]

  • 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.