Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Horthy tribute stamp

The country of Chad (Africa) back in 2012 released a stamp featuring Hungarian Regent Miklos Horthy of the Kingdom of Hungary. Horthy was the conservative regent of Hungary from March 1920 to October 1944. The colourful stamp features the parliament building in Budapest, the Order of Merit and the Order of Vitez, both of which were the highest awards given during the Second World War by Hungary.  The stamp is a very nice tribute to the late regent of Hungary. It is highly unlikely that we would ever see such a stamp dedicated to Horthy in Hungary today.

Regent Miklos Horthy was the last great Hungarian statesmen according to many and still has a strong following. Even after 40 years of communism, people are still faithful to the leader who had Hungary's best interests in heart. Recently, Horthy is being demonized and vilified by the left-wing in Hungary because of his actions and policies during the war.

Hungary allied herself with Germany in order to get her territories back lost from the Treaty of Trianon (1920). It should be noted that while Horthy was in power, he had both right-wing and left-wing extremists jailed. Well-known fascists and communists spent many years in jail because they were a threat to the stability and peace of Hungarian society in the 1920s and 1930s.

The left-wing is attacking Hungarian nationalist and conservative figures in an organized attempt to criminalize them. It should be noted that the Americans after the war never indicted Horthy for any war crimes, he only provided the International Military Tribunal in 1945 with evidence against the Nazi leadership.

Not surprisingly, there are plenty of communists in Central and Eastern Europe that committed some of the worst crimes against their fellow citizens and got away with it before and during WW2. There was never a Nuremberg Trial for the communists because they were on the winning side during the Second World War. It is estimated that communism killed 100 million if not more people worldwide in the 20th century.