Istvan Csurka, a leading Hungarian playwright and far-right politician who did not shy from making anti-Semitic statements, died on Saturday February 4 at the age of 77, according to the New York Times.
According to the newspaper, Csurka’s family announced the death but gave no cause, Hungary’s state-run news service reported.
Csurka headed the Hungarian Justice and Life Party, the first far-right party to enter the Hungarian Parliament since the Second World War. His views were likened to those of his friend Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s National Front party in France.
According to the New York Times, Csurka appealed to embittered older Hungarians with his evocation of the nation’s “glory days,” decried the dilution of Hungarian genes and declared that Hungary needed more “living space,” (a phrase Hitler had used to justify attacking his neighbors). Furthermore, Csurka used innuendos like “dwarfish minority” to refer to Jews and Gypsies, and defended violent neo-Nazi skinheads.
The article also claimed that Csurka espoused many conspiracy theories, including one in which Israel would become overcrowded by the Palestinians, causing the Israelis to try and take over Hungary as a second Jewish state.
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