Friday, June 11, 2010
Quiet Friday afternoon and I am reading Hungarian blogs. Ethnic issues are their main subject. Racism in Hungary means hating Jews, which in practice means discussing the Jewish grand-grandmothers of leading politicians, and wishing ill to the Roma because they have children.This blogger ("Kurvannya") is anti-racist, but it is the war diary of his grandfather, which he is publishing, that is interesting.
Nagy Sandor was a Szekely (East Hungarian) engineer, who fought with the Romanian Army (possibly in Ucraine), changed sides to the Hungarian Army and ended in an American prisioner camp in Germany. He was elected by fellow prisioners to be the food receiver and distributor, so he writes a lot about the white bread (unknown in Eastern Europe) they were fed by the Americans, about the German meat conserves (that they were not eating for fear of hepatitis), and the black American guards. And God's Repasts, which may be some kind of religious ritual.
Apparently he had a good time in the camp, and the Americans even paid him for the time spent (see money certificate). 112 dollars in those times were a lot of money!