Madison, WI (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
A sprawling United Nations archive that exposes thousands of Holocaust perpetrators—including many who were never held accountable for their actions—has been made available to the public for the first time after 70 years of restricted access. Among the war criminals highlighted in the archive is Hungarian autocrat Miklós Horthy, whose gruesome crimes were first brought to public light in even greater detail in Aleksandar Veljic’s “Genocide Revealed.”
As recently reported in Haaretz, Horthy’s transgressions included an “unprovoked attack against Yugoslavia… leading to massacres, murders and torture” and that Hungary, under Horthy, sent “masses of the Serbian population and Jews to concentration camps.” In addition, Hungary was accused of “massacring Serbians and Jews in Novi-Sad and other areas of the Balkans.”
“Genocide Revealed,” released by Something or Other Publishing in 2012, previously described these same charges in chilling detail. In addition, the book exposed the horrors perpetrated by Horthy in additional areas, documented every point of international law which was broken during his reign, and included a full list of identified victims. Veljic, who discusses the UN release at length on his blog, compiled the information after researching primary Serbian, German, Hungarian, and Swedish sources for seven years.
The UN archive shows that a Hungarian lawmaker notified Horthy of these atrocities in a 1942 letter, but that the incidents nevertheless continued. That lawmaker was Endre Baychi Zhilinsky, and the letter in question was published for the first time in English in “Genocide Revealed.” This letter, along with Veljic’s accompanying research, serves as a clear complement to the contents of the UN archive, and the author plans to offer his findings to the UN for inclusion therein.
The archive’s release comes at an opportune time, and not just because of a c ontroversial new Hungarian World War II monument that memorializes Horthy. In April, Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, which according to the UK’s Independent “has argued that Jews are a ‘national security risk,” received nearly 21 percent of the vote in a national election. In addition, the uproar around Hungarian research director Sándor Szakály’s recent remarks—in which he termed Hungarian contributions to the Holocaust “police action against aliens”—has grown more intense, after Szakály reiterated his rhetoric in an interview with the Budapest Beacon:
“In my opinion, no one really knew what fate deportees would face. Horthy and the Hungarian political elite… were only informed about what we today call the Holocaust in the summer of 1944. Upon hearing about it, Horthy made steps to stop the deportations, thus saving the Jews of Budapest.”
Szakály’s version of events is forcefully contradicted in both the UN archive and in “Genocide Revealed.” Veljic welcomes the release of the UN archive to the general public, as its large reach and scope can help combat the spread of such damaging misinformation—and the forces of anti-Semitism.
“The more light we can shine on the darkness perpetrated by all Holocaust perpetrators – including Horthy – the better able we’ll be to avoid such atrocities in the future,” said Veljic.
About the Author
Aleksandar Veljic, translator, researcher, and writer, was born in 1971 in Belgrade. While staying with relatives in London who offered refuge and support during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, he studied at Francis King School of English and later attended Ambassador College in the United States. He has published several works on the genocide against Serbs, Jews, Roma, Slovaks, Ruthenians, Slovenes, Russian emigrants, and anti-Fascists of German, Hungarian, and other descent. In 2008, he and the members of the Holocaust Memorial Society discovered a forgotten Holocaust site in Perlez village. Aleksandar is also the author of several works in Serbian, and the founder and president of the Holocaust Memorial Society
About Something or Other Publishing:
Something or Other Publishing, LLC is a new concept in publishing that seeks to connect authors and readers like never before. Its democratized selection process and subsequent focus on author education, empowerment, and encouragement is designed to provide a platform for a new generation of talented writers. The company is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
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