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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:14 AM

35. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

I'm on an Hungarian-American email list (although I haven't seen much lately) and that list had been reporting on Jobbik for the last couple years. I have been working on my genealogy for a couple of decades now and had long suspected that my namesake Hungarian ancestor was probably Jewish because of the last name (Tobias). His wife was native Hungarian and hence, the children, according to Jewish tradition, were raised in the faith of the mother. One day, I saw a posting on Ancestry.com about Central European Jewish Ancestry lists. When I went to it, there was a census taken in 1848 in Austria-Hungary that listed ONLY Jews. Why? Seems it was the Jews who had led the 1848 Revolution. On that list, I found many with the last name, Tobias. Had never found any in baptismal records. So, there was my answer. Yep, great-grandpa Tobias was Jewish. When I told the rest of that side of the family about my findings, OHHHHHHHH the shrieking!!!! And, the denial!!!!! I am now persona non grata. But, it does speak to a heavy anti-semitism that I have noted amongst Hungarians. You will note that a lot of Hungarian-Americans are Jewish. From 1880-1920, according to a study I read, 72% of all Hungarian emigrants returned to Hungary. They had left because the family farms had gotten so small that a family could not be raised. By sleeping in shifts in beds and eating the cheapest food, they were able to save up money and go back to Hungary and buy a larger farm to support their families. I suspect it was the non-Jewish Hungarians that went back.

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