Antisemitism: Appearance and Reality Conference - Panel 1. Historical Issues

The conference's aim was to objectively assess the degree of Anti-Semitism in contemporary Hungary through the perspective of a diverse group of Hungarian Jewish leaders, activists, and a group of Hungarian and foreign scholars. These perspectives were juxtaposed to the often highly negative portrayals of Anti-Semitism in Hungary by the foreign media.

Honorary Co-Chairs:

  • Róbert Frölich - Chief Rabbi of Hungary
  • György Szabó - President of MAZSÖK

Welcoming Speeches:

  • John O’Sullivan - Danube Institute
  • Yacov Hadas-Handelsman - Ambassador of the State of Israel
  • Rabbi Baruch Oberlander - Chief Representative of Chabad Hungary
  • Rabbi Andrew Baker - American Jewish Committee
  • András Heisler - President of Mazsihisz
  • Slomó Köves - Chief rabbi of EMIH
  • Tristan Azbej - State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Program
  • György Szabó - President of MAZSÖK
  • Róbert Frölich - Chief Rabbi of Hungary and Rabbi of Dohány Street Synagogue
  • Jeffrey Kaplan - Danube Institute


  • Béla Bodó - University of Bonn
  • Róbert Frölich - Chief Rabbi of Hungary
  • Tibor Pécsi - Historian, March of the Living Hungary
  • Menachem Keren-Kratz - Satmar Hassidism (Israel)
  • Jehuda Hartman - Bar Ilan University (Israel)


  • Dávid Nagy, Research Fellow at Danube Institute

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