Jewish Culture in Copenhagen presents Joseph Martins and Sam Blair's new documentary that tells the amazing story of a hard-boiled Jew-hater that detects his Jewish roots.
Passionate antisemite and Holocaust-denier, Csanád Szegedi quickly rose to the top of Hungary's xenophobic and anti-semitic party Jobbik on the far right and became the party's vice-chairman.
On top of his party career, Szegedi finds out that his family is hiding a dark secret: his grandparents are actually Jews.
After the first shock, he decides to seek advice and help and ends up meeting a rabbi who sympathizes with his destiny and helps him.
To the great surprise of friends and enemies, he travels to Auschwitz, meets survivors forcing himself to confront his previous worldview and goes all the way from being a notorious antisemite to becoming an Orthodox Jew. The film Keep Quiet follows Szegedi on his three-year trip.
The film creators, Sam Blair and Joseph Martin blend archive material with captivating interviews and conversations and their intensive and deep-drilling film leave the viewer with a series of questions. Has Szegedi really regretted his racist and anti-Semitic past - or is he now playing a new role? The film depicts Hungary's chaotic political climate in recent years and how a party like Jobbik could grow so much. The charismatic Szegedi was one of the stars in the party, one of his feats was the founding of the Hungarian Guard, the now forbidden paramilitary organization which was formed after the pattern of the Hungarian Nazi party, the Arrow Cross Party during the war. Szegedi was also a member of the European Parliament in the years 2009-2014.
One of his fellow party members found evidence that Szegedi was Jewish and his grandmother was actually in Auschwitz.
Strange enough, after exclusion from his party, Szegedi was quick to turn to the Jewish congregation in Budapest and here started Szegedi’s Jewish life. Circumcision, passionate observance of Jewish rituals, lecture tour on his story, the creators of the film follow him all the way.
No wonder that both his former combattants in Jobbik and many Jews look at him with widespread skepticism.
A former mate says, "As I see it, he could not be on our wagon anymore, so he found theirs."
When one of the Jewish aucience says to Rabbi Oberlander in Montreal that Szegedi is a Nazi, the rabbi answers, "Yes, I know, but he is a Nazi I like."
The film raises more questions than it answers and the opinions will probably differ about the story. This is an extremely fascinating work that tries to look behind the shoulder of a young man who goes all the way both as an anti-Semite - and a deeply religious Jew. What is the definition of an extremist? What determines what direction a young person’s life will take? Does this story also offers hope for other incurable and brutal fundamentalists? Introduction and closing words after the event by the ambassador of Hungary, Laszlo Hellebrandt.
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95 minutes, 2015
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Price 60 kr