The piece of cowardice, the lack of education and the good reasoning of the Romanian politicians versus hatred politics

Let’s take a look at the demographic statistics in middle Danube region. After the Austrian release the Panonian plain from Turkish domination, Offen (Buda – the future Budapest) had at tops 19% Hungarians, from the rest the majority were Germans [1], [2]. Only after the beginning of the 20 th century the Hungarians and the magyarized people have the majority [3].

    1787        1869         1890          1900

    Hungarians and magyarized people        29 %       44,4 %     48,5 %       51,5 %

    Non -Hungaians                                   71 %        55,6 %     51,5 %      48,6 %

After the Peace Treaty of the Trianon in Hungary were approximately 30% minorities, after 1947 remained only 10, 4% [4] and today there are no minorities.  The magyarisation was so violent, that some personalities felt the need to interfere publicly.  The count Lev Tolstoi wrote in a letter addressed to the Hungarian magazine “A Hir  from Budapest “the saddest thing is the fact that count Appony (the prime minister in the time) had a reputation  abroad for being of a pacifist, while in  Hungary he is not  prepared to acknowledge that  non Hungarians posses the quality of being people. Any right minded man should tear apart the deceptive appearance of this man”.  All though the writer Bjoernsterne Bjoernson refused the invitation of the Hungarian committee to the Interparliamentary Congress in 1907, he addressed them a letter saying: “when I had studied more closely (the Hungarians-o.n.) I convinced myself of the injustice that are being committed towards the others nationalities which live in Hungary, I started to abhor their   chauvinism” [6].


A culture based on hate, chauvinism and xenophobia. 


Alexander Petofi, a magyarized Slovakian,  in the 4th edition of “Lehel” poem  wrote: “German, I do not wish to you  to die  stroken by lightning, I wish your faith to be left in the hands   of  Hungarian” , (the  German version*:  „und das Donnerwetter möge dich nicht erschlagen,/ es möge diese Arbeit dem Madjaren überlassen    or the Romanian version**:  neamţule, trăznetul nu te omoare, lase aceasta în seama maghiarului")(see ,  Petofi ossezes Koltemenyei (Petofi Complet Works) -,  Budapest, 1953). 

Another of A.Petofi poem’s which appeared in May 1848 says “This Germans what are they talking about! They should be stroken by lightning immediately! … Damned crooks!”   (The German version*: „Was doch diese Deutschen reden! Soll sie doch gleich der Blitz erschlagen!  ... Ihr verdammten Schwerenöter or the Romanian version** :  "ce mai vorbesc nemţii ăştia! De i-ar trăsni neîntârziat!...  Escroci blestemaţi.").

In the Poem „The Hungarian nation” in June 1848  A.Petofi  wrote „your days, German, are numbered  ...  Only the Hungarians rule here, to  the ones that do not agree with us,  I want  to say that their heads will feel our foot-marks while, we’ll stick our spurs in their hearts„ (the  German version* „Dir, Deutscher, sind gezählt die Tage!  ... Nur der Madjar übt hier aus die Herrscherrechte,  und wer uns  jetz  auf die Köpfe  steigen möchte,  Dessen Kopf wird bald verspüren unsere Tritte, Und schlagen ihm die Sporen  in des Herzens Mitte  or the Romanian version**  ţie, neamţule, îţi sunt numărate zilele ... Doar maghiarul  are aici drepturi de stapan, iar cei care vor ni se urce în cap, vor simţi pe capetele lor paşii noştri, înfigându-le pintenii în adâncul inimii)..

In September 1848 A.Petofi wrote the poem “Alive or dead” (Elet vagy Halal):  “Croats, Germans, Serbs and Romanians, … you birds of prey, you obnoxious raven …there won’t be peace until the last drop of blood / will leak from your damned hearts” (the German version*: Kroaten, Deutsche, Serben und Rumänen, ... Denn Raben seid ihr, widerliche Raben, ... Kein Friede sei, bis nicht der letzte Tropfen /Des Bluts aus eurem bösen Herzen rann    or the Romanian version**:  Croati, germani, sârbi şi români,  Căci corbi sunteţi voi, corbi scârboşi, …N-o fie pace până când ultimul strop de sânge / Nu se va scurge din blestematele voastre inimi” )

At the beginning of the year 1849 A.Petofi wrote in the poem “New year’s day” (Ujev napjan):  “Not even God is now enough, for he is not as harshly as he should be, so here I pray to the hell,  … bring to our hearts your whole anger, so we won’t know mercy for as long as any of this bastards will still be alive on our lands“ (the  German version*:   Uns genügt Gott jetz nicht, denn er ist nicht genügend hart; zu dir bete ich, o Hölle,  ... impfe in unsere Herzen deine ganze Wut, damit wir kein Erbarmen kennen, solang von diesen Schurken auf Erden auch nur einer sich bewegt   or the Romanian version**: Acum Dumnezeu nu ne ajunge, căci el nu este destul de aspru, ţie rog, iadule,  sădeşte in inimile noastre intreaga ta mânie, nu cunoaştem indurare până mai mişcă vreunul din nemernicii  ăştia pe acest pământ). In July 31, 1949, A.Petofi was celebrated in Budapest as the first and the  greatest Bolshevik ever and the poem above was quoted.

            Tompa Mihaly, like Petofi,  in the poetry “From plane field” (Pusztan) wrote: “The trash pauper of the nations/ Rushes in from the west/ To the ground where flow/ Milk and  honey”   (the German version*: “Und der bettlerische Kehricht der Völker bricht vom Westen her auf  lässt sich auf dem Boden nieder, darinnen Milch und Honig fliesst or the Romanian version “Si gunoiul cerşetor al popoarelor / Se repede din apus / Aşezându-se pe pământul unde curg / Laptele şi miere”)

Josef Bajza, another magyarized Slovakian writer in his speech for the Academia in 1846 said:   “we should be proud that we are Hungarians, the only God’s nation in Europe, and most likely in the whole world(the  German version*: seien wir stolz darauf, dass wir Madjaren sind, Mitglieder Gottes einzigen  Volkes in Europa und des einzigen  vielleicht der ganzen Erde ,   or the Romanian version**:   " fim mândri suntem maghiari, membri ai singurului popor a lui Dumnezeu din Europa şi, probabil din întreaga lume..." ) (see Magyar Remekirok, vol XXVIII, p262-285)  

Johann Arany full of verve,  in 1849, writes  in  the poem „Van-e Olyan”: „we swept out the German, this three hundred years trash  (the  German version*: „Wir haben den Deutschen , diesen dreihundertjährigen Kehricht, hinausgefegt or the Romanian version**: "l-am măturat afară pe neamţ,  gunoiul ăsta de trei sute de ani" )

Lajos Tolnai (Hagymassy) wrote in 1882, in the novel Misses baroness”,   (pg.286): „The darling Czechs, the philosophical Germans and Galiciens (Juden) money lenders had to leave Hungary” (the German version*: „Die guten Tschechen, die philosophischen Deutschen und die wuncherin Galizianer (d.h. Juden) mussten Ungarn verlassen  or the Romanian version**:   "dragii de cehi, filozoficii de nemţi şi cămătarii de galiţieni au trebuit părăsească Ungaria) 

Ady Endre fought against the magyarized people especially the ones who’s origin was German, he wrote in the “Vilag” newspaper, nr 232, 1910: “here in Europe’s waiting room with so many doors, where we’ve got garbage coming in from the east and from the west, you can’t be sure of anything anymore.  Stefan the Saint was the first to import garbage and he was aware of what he was doing. …  Likewise a vermin invasion were the ones first coming, for this little country, whom now sticking together and plundering are harming it  (the German version*: Hier in dem mit vielen Türen versehenen Vorraum Europas, wohin von Ost und West, von allen Seiten der Mist hereingekehrt wird, ist gar nichts sicher. Stephan der Heilige war unserer ester, fast bewusster Mistlieferant ... Zu einer Heuschreckenplage wurde diesem armen Lande jene erste Ankommlingsrasse, die plunderend und sich verbundend auch heute noch auf seinem Nacken sitz   or the Romanian version**:   "aici în această anticameră a Europei cu atâtea uşi, de unde se aruncă atâta gunoi la noi, atât din est cât şi din vest, nimic nu este sigur. Ştefan cel sfânt a fost primul nostru importator de gunoi, făcând aceasta aproape conştient ... Asemănătoare unei invazii de lăcuste s-a dovedit pentru această sărmană ţară acea rasă a primilor veniţi la ea, care acum, jefuind şi unindu-se, îi stă în coastă”).  

When the magyarizated  writers  Eugen Kremsner (Jeno Rakosi) and  Franz Herzog (Ferenc Herczeg) had put in discussion the pure Hungarian origin  of Ady Endre,  he shouted:  “For those filthy and stammered   …for the maghyarizated  Schwaben, I am not a Hungarian?     (The German version*: Für  die Schlafringen und Schmutzigen, ... Für die aus Schwaben gewordenen Madjaren, bin ich kein Madjar?”  or the Romanian version**: „Pentru cei ingalati si cei murdari, ... Pentru maghiarii proveniti din svabi, Eu nu sunt ungur ?

The poet Bela Horvath to who belong the translation from Claudel wrote in poem’s „New man” - "Uj ember", in 10th february 1946: „idiot Schwabians you should shiver in front of me, in your mouths I shall vomit plague. Whether I am dead or alive I shall hunt you down, killers, blood sucking heathens! ... and then the Hungarian country will flourish again (the German version*: „Also zittert vor mir, ihr blöden Schwaben, in eure Fresse kotze ich die Pest. Im Leben und im Tode jäge euch, ihr Morder, ihr blutsaugenden  Heiden ... und dann wird das  ungarische Vaterland wieder glücklich werden or the Romanian version**: "aşa tremuraţi în faţa mea, voi şvabi idioţi, în boturile voastre vomit ciuma. Eu viu sau mort vânez, ucigaşilor, păgâni ce sugeţi sânge! ...  iar atunci patria maghiară va fi din nou fericită.")

       Josef Pesti , the Hungarian writer, in July 1956 refering to the Jews and to the Germans wrote: „the time has come for us to cut their throats” (the German version* „Es naht die stunde , dass< wir ihnen an die Kehle springen; die Zeit der grossen< Ansprunge ist unsere Zeit   or the Romanian version **: ".se aproprie ora ne repezim la beregata lor; vremea marilor salturi este vremea noastră").

        In the Curuten songs (one kind of people songs) on says: „drink the wine, for when you’ll hear the trumps, to be able to drink blood and to pile up German corpses” (the German version*: Trinke so den Wein, dass wenn du die Trompeten hörst, Blut trinken und aus deutschen Leibern Haufen aufschichten kannst   or the Romanian version **: ”Bea astfel, incât atunci când auzi tropetele poţi bea sânge şi faci grămezi din cadavrele nemţilor”).

       Daday Lorand, an activist during Horthy’s fascist leadership, and communist prefect (county leader) in the Romanian rule, from Dej (a town in Nord-West Romania), under >Ducso< Csaba penname wrote in 1939: „I will cross out each Romanian who come into my site! In the night I will set on fire the Romanian villages! I will cross trough sword the whole Romanian population, I will poison all the wells, I will kill even the babies. When I will have crossed out all the Romanians,  only then in Transylvania, will be only one nation, the Hungarian one, my nation” (in Romanian version:   "voi suprima pe fiecare valah ce-mi iese în cale. Nu va fi îndurare! Voi aprinde noaptea satele valahe. Voi trece prin sabie toată populaţia, voi otrăvi fântânile şi voi ucide până şi copii din leagăn... Voi suprima orice valah  şi atunci nu va fi în Ardeal decât o singură rasă, cea maghiară, naţia mea, sângele meu!" [8]. Daday Lorand appears in the Hungarian writers’ dictionary published in Romania under Ceausescu’s dictatorship. After 1989 the racial Hungarian party from Romania (UDMR), claimed that a memorial plaque to be placed on his house from Dej.

        To get a better image of this cultural pattern the reading of Johann Weidlein’s works is necessary. All these authors and their works are being learned in Hungarian Schools even since Austrian domination, under Horthy rule, under communist domination, even today, starting from elementary school! That is why the Hungarian racial party in Romania asks   for separate schools.

       I think that all the above pleads for what I have to say: that voices from the Hungarian intellectuals should be fighting against the chauvinism and the xenophobia of their own culture. Europe can be fooled dozen times as long as witnesses are from Romanian authorities and politicians, but it can’t be fooled forever. Only then, after the true pattern of Hungarian culture will be revealed, Hungary won’t be spoiled by the Eurocrats.


Good reasoning?

UDMR (a racial party in Romania) claims more or less territorial and cultural autonomy based on racial criteria’s for percentage of less than 1% Hungarians and approximate 4% magyarized Romanians, Schwabians, Sekelers, Slovakian and Saxons.   What do they plan on doing with this autonomy, they have had several occasions to show us: until 1919, between 1940-1944 (hard fascist - Horthyst era), after 1945 (hard Stalinist era), and after 1989. Here must not forget the great Hungarian contributions to set up communism in Romania [9],[10].   Our politicians do not pay much interest for history (as they are too busy taking care of their own good wealth), they should visit the district of Harghita and Covasna at least for the election campaign. This way our politicians would get a glance of how Romanians are treated there, now, and they could get an idea of what is going to happened once their demands are fulfilled.  If our politicians (Europeans as they like to call them selves) are cowards, who haven’t had time for their own education, we can at least claim good reasoning from them.  When Romania was accused of not respecting its minorities, its foreign affairs ministers and their ambassadors didn’t even ask their interlocutors to take a moment to think about it. Where are the minorities not respected in a country where they speak their own language, their number is increasing (like Romania) or in a country where the few whom are aware of their own origin or don’t know anymore their mother tongue?  In today’s Europe where everybody is in a hurry the politicians should take a moment.



If some politicians from Dambovitza had responded to the hatred with cowardice, other politicians, especially from Transylvania, had responded likewise poorly – they tackled the situation in a radical words, absolute contrarily to the exaggerate tolerance of the Romanians.  This nationalistic way of speaking allowed the real chauvinists to build a frightening image of Romania in Europe. Fighting with an absurd chauvinism, the Romanians politicians found the worst solutions. They made a parade of what they abundantly have – cowardice and stupidity, this made them an easy target for the ones motivated by hate and xenophobia and cultural born with them.



(1) Revay Nagy Lexikona, vol. IV, pg. 44, Budapest, 1912, 

(2) Pallas Nagy Lexikona, vol III, pg 778, Budapest, 1893,

(3) Acad. Oskar Iaszi, A nemzeti allamok kialokulasa es a nemzetsegi, Kerdes Kozos Dolgaink Gondolat, Budapest, 1986,

(4) Kovago Laszlo, „ Kisebbseg-nemzetiseg”, Kossuth Konykiado, 1977,

(5) * * *, Knaurs Lexikon,1940,

(6) Milton G. Lehrer, Transylvania , History and Reality, Bartleby Press Silver Spring , Md 20902, ISBN 0-910155-04-6,

* Johann Weidlein , „Das Bild des Deutschen in der Ungarischen Literatur”, Faksimile Verlag Bremen, 1977 ), or
** Johann Weidlein „ Imaginea germanului in literatura maghiara -Das Bild des Deutschen in der Ungarischen Literatur ”, Romanian version by Petru Forna
, Centrul de studii Transilvane , Cluj-Napoca , 2002, ISBN 973-577-257-4,

(8) Ducso Csaba (alias Daday Lorand) ,Nincs kegyelem”,Budapest, 1939,

(9) Octavian Dan Capatina, “The Towns of TransylvaniaCluj-Napoca, 1995, ISBN 973-96830-1-0,

(10) Le Figaro, 18.01.1990,   “Itineraire d’un dissident devenu depute”,