According to new Hungarian legislation in 1997, taxpayers could channel 1 per cent of the income tax to various social organizations. A total of 8 million taxpayers channelled about Ft 2 billion (10 million USD) to various causes. In her report, Fanni Hahn found out that various Jewish organizations received about Ft 4 million (20 thousand USD) in this way.
The Swiss fund for needy Holocaust Survivors has begun the distribution of 400 USD for each Hungarian survivor of the Shoah. A small ceremony was held to celebrate the occasion, and those present were told that there will be a second round of compensation once each and every Eastern European survivor has received his/her 400 USD. This will take some time since many Jewish communities in Eastern Europe have still not prepared their list of survivors.
In his report on the Seventh Conference of the Jewish Media, János Gadó offers an overview of the Jewish papers, radio and television channels of the Diaspora. Smaller communities tend to publish a single paper, with a 1-2 hours weekly programme on radio and television; the 300 thousand strong and strongly separated Jewish community in Argentina maintains a daily 24-hour radio and television programme, while the American Jewish media is as multi-coloured and diversified as American society in general.
Our article on Israel focuses on the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union who form a strongly individual community, preserving many of their traditions from their former homeland.
In his article, “Hypocritical Pharisees?”, Tamás Visi documents – on the strength of evidence in Jewish and Christian sources – how a false picture of the Pharisees became rooted in Christian society; of how literate and learned men came to be identified with insincerity and hypocrisy.
Tamás Bíró offers a critical review of the new prayer-books published by the Lubavitch in Hungary.
Finally, we have included Iván Sanders’ book review of Mária Földes’ novel, The walk. The authoress from Transylvania in Romania (who committed suicide in 1975 in Tel Aviv) led a doubly minority existence as a Hungarian Jewish writer. In this novel she describes her exclusion from society and her eventual deportation.