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, this book has a particular resonance in re-examining the social and historical context of the White Terror.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
List of Figures
1 – The Tószegi Affair: The Role of Rumors
2 – Rhythm of Violence
3 – The Red Terror as a Reaction to the White Terror
4 – The Space of Violence
5 – Forms of Violence
6 – Sexual Assaults
7 – Violence as Social Positioning
8 – Bourgeois Rebels
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.