Thursday, September 08, 2011
No Happy End
In Hungarian magazines of the thirties there was a lot of talk about Baron Hatvany who seems to have been a great patron of the arts. The Hatvany and Weiss were two large Jewish families united by marriage forming the wealthiest industrial-financial conglomerate of prewar Hungary. The Manfred Weiss Iron Works on the island of Csepel employed more than 100,000 workers and the Hatvany sugar mills supplied all Europe.
I'm bringing up this now because of the legal fight for the return of Baron (pic) Mór Lipót Herzog's art collection, which is valued over 100 million dollars. The collection was looted by successive regimes, and those found in Germany have been returned and slowly the Hungarian State is also getting used to the idea of giving them up to the heirs.
But wait a minute. Who are the heirs of this large and extremely wealthy Hungarian Jewish clan? Three persons: David de Csepel, a middle aged American, and two elderly half-Jew Italian ladies, daughters of a member of the family that found refuge in Buenos Aires. That's all.
In this pityful way ends the fantastic history of the large Jewish family that almost by itself created half of Hungary's industry. I feel that these three "heirs" are totally unrelated to their Orthodox ancestors, they are everything they were not; in my opinion, their great-great dad's art collection should be left in European museums.
While it was Adolf Eichmann who caused the disbandment and death of many members of this great Hungarian Jewish family, yet I feel that their leaving the Jewish people was the final cause of their extintion. Money is temporary, the Jewish people is eternal.