1st Edition

The White Terror Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921

By Béla Bodó Copyright 2019
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


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    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.