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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:12 PM

2. My (Jewish) Hungarian grandparents escaped from that country ...

back in the 1910s. They were the lucky ones. They never wanted to go back, and rarely talked about the "old country," so unpleasant their memories must have been. (Though they always spoke Hungarian, and my grandmother was the best Hungarian cook and baker you can imagine.)

I went to Budapest once, just for a few-day jaunt, and I found it, frankly, creepy. I was surprised to see that the old Jewish ghetto neighborhood there (unlike the one in Prague, which has been beautifully restored and is something of a major tourist attraction now) is still an empty, decrepit area. The people in the city seemed grim and unfriendly. It wasn't what I was hoping to experience there.

The journalist Kati Marton (wife of Richard Holbrooke, and before that Peter Jennings) wrote a very interesting and lively book in 2006, "The Great Escape : Nine Jews who Fled Hitler and Changed the World." The virulent anti-Semitism of the Hungarians caused them to lose their greatest cultural and scientific talent: artists and mathematicians, physicists and filmmakers, and photographers who left that place and graced the rest of the world with their genius.

It's horrible to watch a country that seemed to have so much promise when it first emerged from Communism regress into this sorry state.

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