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Glorification of Nazism is present in Hungarian society mainly in the form of memorial actions in honour of the dictator M. Horthy, leader of the Hungarian National Socialists of World War II, who for a short time in 1944 became head of the state, and fallen soldiers of the Hungarian and German armies, and also the Hungarian Waffen SS. Hungarian authorities try to distance themselves from such events, but they do not interfere with the organizers of the right-wing radical parties and groups. These include, first of all, the Hungarian National Front and Pax Hungarica.

The most important event of the abovementioned hate groups and their followers is the so-called “Day of Honour” on 11 February. On this day in 1945 “some 28,000 German army, Waffen SS, and Hungarian troops accompanied by a large number of civilians attempted to break through Soviet lines encircling the city and escape to the wooded hills to the northwest. Most were captured, killed, or wounded by the Soviet army. Two days later the city surrendered.” Two small neo-Nazi groups the Skins4Skins and the Hungarian Hammerskins organized a silent and secret commemoration in the Buda Castle. According the video about the event 40–50 people put candles on the sculpture of János Kapisztrán . On the weekend after 11 February a series of events: Remembrance Hiking, commemoration, worship for the “memory of the heroes”, and concerts. These events were organized by a group of neo-Nazi groups, with active co-operation of the Outlaws’ Army and the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement. There has been not a single article in the mainstream media about it, therefore only from contents uploaded by these hate-groups can inform us about what happened. According to the homepage of the Outlaws’ Army: “This year the usurpers of power did everything to wreck the efforts of the organizers and to hinder the commemoration about our ancestors and heroes.”

In the morning hours of January 10, several people noticed in downtown Szolnok that a portrait of Ferenc Szálasi was placed next to the World War II memorial on Tiszai hajósok tere. Two candles and a wreath were also placed by Szálasi’s portrait. The editorial board of szoljon.hu asked the Szolnok local council for clarification about the portrait, to which they replied that they had not received any complaints, but that they would remove the portrait from the war memorial. The police said that no crime or offense was committed, nor was any other authority required to report the incident. The editorial board of szoljon.hu asked the Szolnok local council for clarification about the portrait, to which they replied that they had not received any complaints, but that they would remove the portrait from the war memorial. The police said that no crime or offense was committed, nor was any other authority required to report the incident. On the afternoon of 10 January, public space supervisors removed the portrait, the candles and the wreath.

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