K reminded me the environment of my hometown Jaszbereny in the post war years when the memorial tablet (see below) was set up in the synagogue wall for the 600 Jews assessinated at Auschwitz and the Forced Labour Battalions. That very year, 1946, not far away in Kunmadaras, there had been a bloody pogrom inspired by a rumour that Jews were making sausages out of children. Three Jews were killed and fifteen were injured.
Rajk, the Minister of Interior (later hanged for "Zionist"), immediately dispatched a mission that jailed eight perpetrators. In the trial that followed, two of the leaders (a teacher and a provincial bureaucrat) were sentenced to death and the others, all poor peasants, to up to eight years. The Kisgazda (Smallholder) Party came out in defense of the criminals, and the case became entangled in a political battle between the dominant conservative forces and the minuscule group of Jewish Communists that had not yet strengthened their hold on power. In the end, no one was punished.