Béla BodóMay 30, 2023
The White Terror
Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921
The White Terror was a movement of right-wing militias that for two years actively tracked down, tortured, and murdered members of the Jewish community, as well as former supporters of the short-lived Council Republic in the years following World War I. It can be argued that this example of a programme of virulent antisemitism laid the foundations for Hungarian participation in the Holocaust. Given the rightward shift of Hungarian politics today, Béla Bodó's book The White Terror: Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921 (Routledge, 2019) has a particular resonance in re-examining the social and historical context of the White Terror.
Béla Bodó is Professor of East European History at the University of Bonn. He is the author of Tiszazug: The Social History of a Murder Epidemic