Brainwashing in the Austrian History Textbook

"Hungary is building a populist dictatorship and, along with Poland, has drifted to the right edge of Europe"

Brainwashing in the Austrian History Textbook

The “textbook” fills the kids ’heads with fake news from the German and Austrian press!

The long-planned education reform has been delayed in Austria for years, but the new history textbook is already on the shelves. Eighth-graders have to answer as the left-liberal dictatorship teaches them: Hungary “builds a populist dictatorship and, along with Poland, drifts to the right edge of Europe…”

GO! This is the title of the new Austrian history textbook for eighth graders, which has been in circulation since September and is available for € 16.20. The volume was prepared in the spirit of the new educational reform, in the framework of which a new system, divided into semesters, will be introduced uniformly in the upper grades from the 2022/23 school year.

The textbook brings together the lies of the mainstream German and Austrian media with quite hair-raising one-sidedness to fill the heads of fourteen-year-olds. Viktor Orbán, for example, calls Fidesz-Führer and condemns Hungary's rejection of illegal immigration. As a source, the authors use an Orbán interview published in Bild, in which the Hungarian Prime Minister explains why he considers economic immigrants arriving from Syria to Hungary through four safe countries to be invaders.

We read literally the chapter entitled Changes in Eastern Europe, which captures two states, Hungary and Poland. Page 41 starts with a large, colorful image in which the Hungarian Prime Minister speaks at the National Gallery. The caption: “Viktor Orbán opened the exhibition Heroes, Kings and Saints at the National Gallery in Budapest on January 10, 2012, when the new Basic Law came into force. One hundred thousand Hungarians protested against it. The extraordinary exhibition depicts Hungarian history as a consequence of heroic deeds against the Turks and the Habsburgs, presents Christianity as the basis of national identity, and celebrates the anti-Semitic, autocratic Miklós Horthy (1920–44) as a national hero. ”

It is clear from the next paragraph that at the time of the change of regime we were still a “model country”. “Hungary has been an example of successful transformation among the former socialist countries for more than twenty years. Political and social stability, solid, effective economic reconstruction, and successful state and legal reforms gave the impression that Hungary was approaching Western European examples surprisingly quickly. ” The book does not mention the wild western conditions and foreign currency loans after the change of regime.

The work links the “rightward shift” of our country to the second Fidesz government. “The 2010 parliamentary elections saw a radical change at the forefront of politics as a result of the economic crisis and high unemployment. The right-wing conservative Fidesz party won 67.9 percent of the vote, while the right-radical Jobbik won 12.2 percent. Viktor Orbán, the »leader« of the Fidesz party, became prime minister.

Why are the results of the other parties running in the election not announced? Probably because it makes it easier to confuse Fidesz with Jobbik and mislead Austrian students accustomed to coalition governance in home politics. But let's keep looking.

“A two-thirds parliamentary majority allowed him to make fundamental decisions. For example, a media law that forces all media under the control of a national supervisory authority. Another law that threatened the independence of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank was repealed under massive EU pressure. ”

Among the questions and tasks in point 4, the textbook cites a 2010 article in the German weekly Die Zeit, which states that “Hungary has undergone a dramatic transformation like no other country in Eastern Europe: from the happiest barracks behind the Iron Curtain, with a gentle transition into democracy, it has become a state committed to nationalist myths and rampant right-wing populism. Give an example of this. ”

It is immediately striking that at the time of the publication of the article, on April 8, 2010 (erroneously listed in the history book as April 10), Viktor Orbán was not yet a prime minister, as he had not even won the election. The first round of the 2010 parliamentary elections was held on 11 April 2010, the second on 25 April 2010, and on 29 May 2010 the National Assembly adopted the Fidesz-KDNP government program and elected Viktor Orbán as Prime Minister. Die Zeit's article was published on April 8, before the first round of the parliamentary elections, entitled Ungarns Verführer.

Chronology is important in history, but Austrian historians don’t seem to care much about the order of events when they tell students a lesson through an article in a weekly newspaper near Soros. The paragraph entitled Hungary and Poland - On the Right Side of Europe concludes that both countries have moved to the right in the 21st century. in the second decade of the twentieth century. In Poland, in 2015, the national conservative PiS won an absolute majority in parliament. “Both countries have come into conflict with the EU over threats to fundamental rights,” the textbook reads.

The material deals with the Hungarian media and higher education law in a separate paragraph, and also roughly slips: "In 2016, one of the last government-critical papers, Népszabadság, was sold to a media entrepreneur close to the government." He then continues: "In 2017, the Hungarian parliament attacked and jeopardized the existence of the Central European University (CEU) with a controversial piece of legislation." This whole text is as if it was dictated by György Soros. But that's not all. The right to free sexual orientation is also part of the curriculum, and if we go further to the 4th chapter of the book, entitled: The XXI. century has begun, we also find the definition of the far right:

“The central element of far-right ideology is the concept of nation. It contrasts the national community with the modern industrial and non-industrial (post-industrial) society in which everyone has a place. He considers socialism, liberalism, communism, democracy, emancipation, but even the equality of women and other discriminated groups to be unnatural. He wants a strong state with a Führer at the helm and rejects parliamentary democracy, ”reads Extreme Threats to Democracy. In this definition, the term Führer, which also means Viktor Orbán, reappears in Hungarian, but it is embarrassingly avoided in German, as it has become synonymous with the name of the Nazi leader as Adolf Hitler's title and address.

The intention of the authors is clear: to confront Austria with Hungary, to call the Hungarian Prime Minister anti-democratic, to brand the Hungarian Prime Minister, to put Hungary and Poland on the line, to produce an image of enemies and to educate young people in the spirit of open society. Political brainwashing cannot be started early enough: the age of election in Austria is sixteen years.

Source:Hungarian Democratic Weekly

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