The human equivalents of jellyfish have invaded the world's democracies. I'm not talking about spineless politicians, though there is certainly a surfeit of those. I'm talking about a mindless, voracious invasive species that threatens to take over politics.
The shrine, which was built in 1573-77 supposedly with a golden dome, was plundered and razed in 1692-93 by the Habsburg army which would ultimately repel the Ottomans from Hungary in the next seven years.
In Marianne Szegedy-Maszák's touching memoir of her parents, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times, the secrets the author unlocks when she translates her deceased parents' love letters from Hungarian to English recast her family in a new light.
Visiting both the Jewish Museum and Army Museum in Vienna in a day, I realized that the role of Jewish officers is a much neglected subject in Central European history books and that the military careers of prominent Jewish intellectuals in the old imperial army deserve attention.
As Hungary expert Charles Gati points out, the Orban government has promoted not simply a particular agenda but an entire system change. We talked about the geopolitical implications of Hungary's turn to the Right.
Sixty-eight years after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, 68 years after the end of the Holocaust, we may not ignore a disturbing resurgence of racist and neo-fascist political groups in at least three countries that belong to both the European Union and NATO.