Athena Institute Investigations

Magyar

Hungarian National Front

  • Original name: Magyar Nemzeti Arcvonal
  • Year of formation: 1989.
  • Presumed No. of members: 30
  • Presumed seat: Bőny
  • Presumed leader(s): István Győrkös (m)
  • Ideology: neo-Nazi
  • Threat level: 4
  • Active/Inactive: Active


Last updated: 07. 07. 2014.

The Hungarian National Front is one of the largest and most organized paramilitary hate groups in Hungary. The group is organised in a very strict hierarchy. The “elite” members of the group belong to the National Front, which is the inner circle of the organisation, while the members of the so-called Action Groups give the periphery of the HNF and they do not engage in the establishment of the organisation’s ideological foundation either. The HNF has been in the forefront of Hungarian extremism in the past 20 years and played a crucial role in the paramilitary preparation of other Hungarian hate groups. Their main objective is the preparation for armed combat as demonstrated in one of their propaganda materials that depict a video footage showing slain US soldiers in Iraq and glorifying the perpetrators.

In early July, 2014, the Outlaws' Army, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the kuruc.info, the Hungarian National Front and other extremist groups are carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the LGBTQ community in relation to the Budapest Pride.

In early May, 2014, the Splinter Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In mid-April, 2014, the Outlaws' Army, the Hungarian National Front and the kuruc.info extremist groups published propaganda articles that hailed Hitler.

In mid-April, 2014, the Splinter Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action in Győr.

In mid-March, 2014, both the Hungarian National Front and the Splinter Hungarian National Front are carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In early March, 2014, the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica extremist groups carried out a joint propaganda action at Pécs.

In early February, 2014, several Hungarian extremist groups, i.e. members of the the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the Outlaws' Army, the Hungarian National Front and the Blood & Honour Hungary participated in the yearly propaganda action, called „Day of Honour”, which is still one of the most important propaganda events of the far-right extremists.

In mid-January, 2014, the Hungarian National Front extremist group, by publishing a propaganda piece titled “The “gay-Holocaust” and Tel-Aviv” presumably committed the crime of „Publicly denying crimes committed by National Socialist and Communist regimes” sanctioned by the Hungarian Penal Code.

In mid-January, 2014, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action in Budapest.

In mid-January, 2014, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In mid-January, 2014, the splinter Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action in Budapest, praising Szálasi.

In late December, 2013, the splinter Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community.

In early December, 2013, the Splinter Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training in the vicinity of Kazincbarcika.

In mid-November, 2013, Facebook deleted the page of the Splinter Hungarian National Front.

In mid-November, 2013, both the Hungarian National Front and the Splinter HNF held military-like weapons trainings for the extremist members of the organisations.

In late October, 2013, the Pax Hungarica, the Splinter Hungarian National Front and the Outlaws' Army carried out a joint propaganda action in the Corvin Passage, Budapest, during which Zsolt Tyirityán, leader of the Outlaws' Army said that „burning financial institutions are going to be symbols of our age”.

In late October, 2013, the Splinter Hungarian National Front held a military-like training in Northern Hungary.

In mid-summer, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training for the extremist members of the group. Swedish extremists from Svenska Motståndsrörelsen (Swedish Resistance Movement) also participated in the training.

In mid-October, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the group, in the vicinity of Budapest.

In early September, 2013, the website of the Hungarian National Front's splinter group has been suspended more than a week ago. Thus, the web page and its contents are unavailable.

In late June, 2013, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action at Jászberény.

In late June, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held two military-like weapons trainings in Tapolca and the Kunság.

In mid-June, 2013, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the LGBT and Jewish communities.

In early June, 2013, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action at Dég that glorified the Waffen SS.

In late May, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training near Budapest.

In mid-May, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training in Borsod County.

In mid-May, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training at Miske.

In early May, 2013, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Jewish community.

In late April, 2013, the Hungarian National front held a weapons training in Jászberény and in Borsod County.

In mid-April, 2013, the Hungarian National front held a military-like weapons training at Pécs and in Northern Hungary.

In mid-April, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training for the extremist members of the organisation.

In late March, 2013, the splinter group of the Hungarian National Front has started organising the local groups of the Hungarian Hope Community. One of the goals of these groups is „self-defence”.

In late March, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like boot camp for the extremist members of the organisation.

In mid-March, 2013, the Hungarian National Front is spreading hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In mid-March, 2013, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action at Szombathely to demand the release of several extremists who had been sent to prison for murder and other crimes.

In early March, 2013, the Hungarian National Front carried out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community, in which they insinuated that the Gypsies are animals who should be treated as pests.

In early March, 2013, the Hungarian National Front is attacking the civil activists who organised the demonstration at the Fidesz HQ via a hostile propaganda article. In the article they write that the HNF „condemns the actions of subversive elements, lists the names of the members of such groups and uncovers their activities. […]”.

In the beginning of March, 2013, a wing of the Hungarian National Front extremist group keeps working on the foundation of a neo-Nazi party. Several ex-members of a parliamentary party got close or joined this initiative, called the Hungarian Hope Community.

In mid-February, 2013, the Hungarian National Front published a hostile propaganda piece, attacking the Roma and Jewish communities, in which they state, that a „civil war and ethnic cleansing” is being carried out by these two communities against the Hungarians.

In mid-February, 2013, one of the wings of the Hungarian National Front is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

The day of „honour” – on 11th February 1945, the Hungarian and German soldiers defending Budapest attempted a breakout from the capital besieged by the Soviet army. The active extremist groups in Hungary – together with their foreign counterparts – try to use this historic event to organise an annual neo-Nazi propaganda demonstration of force. Their main goal however, is to arouse the media’s attention. On the 2nd weekend of February, 2013, the Blood and Honour Hungary, the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement, the New Hungarian Guard, both wings of the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica extremist groups organise this propaganda action which will be joined by foreign extremist groups and the representatives of the German NFP party. The event was acknowledged by the police. Details can be found on the HGM.

In mid-February, 2013, a wing of the Hungarian National Front is spreading hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Jewish community, which they accuse of “occupying” the country. According to the extremist group, civil war is imminent due to this. 

At the end of January, 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training in the vicinity of Budapest.

In mid-January 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation in the vicinity of Budapest.

In mid-January 2013, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities.

In early January 2013, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In early January 2013, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma Community, in which they state: „People who do business with or make friends with these Gypsy animals should not be surprised when they are beaten to death in their own houses”.

In the beginning of January 2013, the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica extremist groups are supporting the propaganda action, called the Day of Honour, with an intensive propaganda campaign.

In the beginning of January 2013, the Hungarian National Front extremist group is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community.

In the beginning of January 2013, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of December 2012, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish and Roma communities.

At the end of December 2012, the Workers’ Party carried out a joint propaganda action with the Hungarian National Front in Budapest.

In mid-December 2012, the Hungarian National Front is spreading hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In mid-December 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training for the extremist members of the organisation in the vicinity of Kazincbarcika.

In mid-December 2012, the Hungarian National Front is trying to recruit new members via hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities.

In early December 2012, the Hungarian National front held a military-like weapons training for the extremist members of the organisation in the vicinity of Komló.

In early December 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the group.

In early December 2012, the Hungarian National Front is spreading hostile propaganda against the Roma community.

At the beginning of December 2012, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Roma and Jewish communities, in which they state that „[…] a virtual bulldozer is destroying our country. The blade of the bulldozer is made up by Gypsy criminals and its driver, who is directing the whole process, is the Zionist Jewry”.

In late November 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group, by publishing a propaganda piece titled “Why are the Jews being Persecuted?” presumably committed the crime of „Publicly denying crimes committed by National Socialist and Communist regimes” sanctioned by the Hungarian Penal Code.

In mid-November 2012, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action. Almost a hundred sympathisers took part in the action, joined by Slovak extremist groups like Slovenská Pospolitost’ and Vzdor.

In mid-November 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like weapons training for the extremist members of the organisation at Bőny.

In mid-November 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish and Roma communities.

Our Incident Report about the split in the Hungarian National Front can be found HERE.

At the beginning of November 2012, the split Hungarian National Front’s two wings try to discredit each other in connection with the cooperation between the wing led by István Győrkös and the Workers’ Party led by Gyula Thürmer, since the Győrkös group established an „action unity” and „operational collective” with the communists.

At the beginning of November 2012, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda action at Érd together with the Workers' Party, led by Gyula Thürmer.

At the end of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation in Borsod County.

At the end of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front is spreading hostile propaganda against the LGBT community.

In mid-October 2012, the Hungarian National Front is criticising the politics of a parliamentary party and carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community. They argue that the party’s biggest problem is that “they cannot break away from the Gypsy problem”, even though the “Gypsy problem is just an effect” hence we should treat the cause, which is the “Jewry, or rather Zionism, to be more precise”.

In mid-October 2012, the Hungarian National Front published a report about a parliamentary party’s event at Miskolc. In their article they state that the party has no real programme and that is why they keep pulling out the „Gypsy-card”, which they will keep pulling out until they can gather bigger crowds. However, they do not care about the conflicts they incite between the local Roma and non-Roma and the dangers these conflicts can breed.

In the autumn of 2012, the Hungarian National Front is struggling with inner tensions and alleged “outside attacks” that have led to the disbandment of local subgroups.

At the beginning of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation; furthermore they continued their efforts to recruit new members via hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Roma community.

At the beginning of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out an aggressive hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community in order to recruit new members.

In the beginning of October 2012, the Hungarian National Front, by publishing a propaganda piece titled “Free Gaza: The Zionists Orchestrated the Holocaust” presumably committed the crime of „Publicly denying crimes committed by National Socialist and Communist regimes” sanctioned by the Hungarian Penal Code.

At the end of September 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training in Northern-Hungary for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of September 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like armed training for the extremist members of the organisation in the vicinity of Budapest.

In mid-September, 2012, both websites of the Hungarian National Front were offline for more than a week due to financial difficulties.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation in the vicinity of Komló.

At the beginning of September, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian government and the Hungarian Jewish community, in relation to the extradition of Ramil Safarov.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National front held a military-like training in Békés County for the extremist members of the organisation.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held an open camp for the extremist members and sympathisers of the organisation, in the vicinity of Komló.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is using the same intimidation tactic that is often used by the kuruc.info extremist group. They published the personal data of the director of a company that wants to evict a family in Révfülöp.

At the end of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held an open camp in the vicinity of Nyíregyháza, during which they provided military-like training for the extremist members of the organisation.

In mid-August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group is attacking a parliamentary party, accusing its members with corruption.

In mid-August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training near Dombóvár for the extremist members of the organisation. Furthermore, they try to recruit new members to the “Dombóvár Action Group” of the HNF.

In mid-August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front uses hostile propaganda against the Roma community to recruit new members.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front keeps attacking a parliamentary party in connection with the case of Csanád Szegedi.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Pax Hungarica, the Hungarian National Front and the NS Straight Edge held a propagandistic martial arts championship named „Triumph of the Will”.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front and the kuruc.info extremist groups are carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front tries to incite ethnic hatred against the Hungarian Roma and Jewish communities, by stating that „the Zionist plundering machine is using the Gypsies to break the Hungarians for good”.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like boot camp in Northern-Hungary for the extremist members of the group.

At the beginning of August, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like drill near Kecskemét, for the extremist members of the group.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front continues its hostile propaganda campaign against a parliamentary party.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group, in connection with the Csatáry case, is carrying out a hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Jewish community.

In mid-July, 2012 the Hungarian National Front, in their hostile propaganda against the Hungarian Roma community, depicted the methods of the Ku Klux Klan as an example to follow.

In mid-July, 2012, the kuruc.info, the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica extremist groups, in connection with the murder of Kata Bándy, are carrying out a permanent hostile propaganda campaign against the Hungarian Roma community.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front, as a part of their hostile propaganda, called for violence against the Hungarian Roma community.

In mid-July, 2012, István Győrkös Jr. gave a propaganda speech in Budapest about the Hungarian National Front.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a military-like training for the members of the extremist group.

In mid-July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front keeps attacking a parliamentary party because of the Jewish ascendants of one of the party's MEPs. The HNF released a sound recording, which was presumably recorded in 2010 by Zoltán Ambrus when Csanád Szegedi visited him at his farm in Borsod County. In this recording the two men have a discussion about the grandparents and other ascendants of Szegedi. Ambrus was investigated by the police for possible involvement in the Death Squad case, in which the perpetrators murdered and wounded several members of the Roma community. During their investigation the police found an arsenal of weapons and explosives at Ambrus' farm, but they did not tie him to the murder of the Roma. He spent six months in custody. Ambrus assumed an active role in the internal conflicts of a parliamentary party's Borsod County faction. He started investigating the family tree of Csanád Szegedi in connection with these conflicts, and one of the results of his investigation is this voice recording that has been published by the HNF. At the end of this recording that comes from an unverified source, Szegedi tries to offer advantages to Ambrus – presumably so he will not disclose the information he had acquired about Szegedi's family – by stating that he can give him resources or a job “perfectly legally”, using funds provided by the European Parliament. The publishing of this recording by the HNF raises the extremist group's propaganda campaign against the parliamentary party to a new level.

At the beginning of July, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held an open and a HNF camp where they carried out propaganda action and held paramilitary drills for their extremist activists.

At the end of June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group held a paramilitary training in North-East Hungary.

In mid-June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a martial arts training for their extremist activists.

At the end of June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front attacked one of the parliamentary parties because one of the party’s MEPs has Jewish ascendants.

At the end of June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front attacked a parliamentary party after it came to light that the party’s MEP Csanád Szegedi has Jewish relatives amongst his ascendants.

Mid-June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a two-day paramilitary training camp in South West Hungary. The extremist members participated in theoretical education and complex tactical training.

Mid-June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a statement to organize a local unit in Nagykanizsa.

Mid-June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local units in North East Hungary held a joint paramilitary training camp. The extremist members participated in complex combat exercises.

Early June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a propaganda lecture in Keszthely.

Early June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Szeged held a paramilitary training camp and commemorated the „Day of the Hungarian Heroes”.

Early June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Győr held a one-day propaganda event commemorating the „Day of the Hungarian Heroes”.

Early June, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local units from Szekszárd, Paks, Pécs, Dombóvár, Kaposvár, Siófok, Szigetvár and Budapest held a propaganda event in Dég commemorating the Day of the Hungarian Heroes.

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Keszthely held a propaganda event commemorating the Day of the Hungarian Heroes. 

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Jászság held a paramilitary trainng camp. The extremist members participated in shooting, boxing and various combat exercises.

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group's local unit in Dunakeszi held a propaganda event commemorating the Day of the Hungarian Heroes.

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration to recruit new members in Keszthely. 

At the end of May, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is recruiting new members in Szekszárd.

The Hungarian National Front is recruiting new members in the city of Kazincbarcika mid-May, 2012.

At the end of April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Szeged issued a declaration to recruit new members and ask for donations.

At the end of April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local unit in Békés county held a paramilitary training.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front, the Pax Hungarica and the kuruc.info extremist groups issued propaganda declarations to commemorate the birthday of the war criminal Adolf Hitler.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is to organize local units in Pápa and Veszprém.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration to further recruit new members in the valley of Hernád.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hugarian National Front extremist group issued a statement to recruit new members in Békés county. 

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration to recruit new members in Kaposvár.

Early April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front carried out a propaganda campaign related to the blood libel in Tiszaeszlár. The 19th century court suit that followed the blood libel in which the villagers of Tiszaeszlár accused the local Jewish community of killing a local girl Eszter Solymosi attracted Europe-wide attention and was a milestone in the process of increasing Hungarian anti-Semitism of the time. In the previous weeks the case became part of the Hungarian political discourse owing to the action of a parliamentary party.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration to recruit new members in Kazincbarcika.

Mid-April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a paramilitary training camp in Komló, where the participants practiced close combat exercises and military basics.

Early April, 2012, the Hungarian National Front's local units in Middle Hungary held a paramilitary training to practice tactical elements of urban fight.

Early April, 2012, the leaders of the Hungarian National Front extremist group are to hold nationwide „strategic talks”.

At the end of March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a paramilitary training camp near the Tisza Lake. The extremist members and newly recruited members participated in tactical exercises.

At the end of March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group is to organize a local unit in Szigetvár.

At the end of March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held an open paramilitary training camp in Dombóvár. The extremist members participated in theoretical education and complex tactical training.

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held an open paramilitary training camp. During the two days event the extremist members participated in formation, shooting and combat sport exercises.

Mid-March, 2012, the leaders of the Hungarian National Front extremist group are to start a nationwide propaganda round trip in order to meet the local subunits.

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group's local unit in Budapest issued a declaration about organizing a visit in the Museum of History on the occasion of the 1848 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight.

Early March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration to continue its recruitment efforts in Paks.  

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is to hold a paramilitary training camp for new members in Dombóvár. The organizers are to hold lectures about military basics. 

Mid-March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is to hold a „public” paramilitary training camp in Bőny. The organizers are to train the participants in „basic exercises”.

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group started collecting donations online via its website.

Early March, 2012, the Hungarian National Front is to hold a paramilitary training camp for new members in Pécs. The organizers are to hold lectures about military basics.

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration to continue its recruitment efforts in South West Hungary.

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local unit in Hajdúnánás.

At the end of February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Nagykunság and Szombathely.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Gömör, Nyírség and Pécs.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Mátra and Kazincbarcika.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front attacked in a declaration the Pax Hungarica, Outlaws' Army, Sixty-four County Youth Movement groups related to their „Day of Honor” events. The attack is the evolution of the extremist groups' rivalry that started earlier.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Érpatak, Miskolc, Keszthely, Siófok.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Budapest, Tapolca, Vésztő.

Mid-February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a declaration about the „Day of Honor” events held by its local units in Győr, Jászberény and Miske.

Early February, 2012, the Hungarian National Front carrying out a nationwide propaganda campaign declared that it is to hold a „breakout commemorating tour” on the „Day of Honor” organized by the subgroup in Budapest separately from other extemist groups. 

Mid-January, 2012 the Hungarian National Front's local group organized a propaganda lecture in Sárospatak, among others with the following topics „Are there possibilities beyond parties? Who will defend the population if the authorities are unable to do so?”.

Mid-January, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a statement about the „Day of Honor” to be held in 2012. The extremist group declared that the leadership would not organize a central event in the Budapest because of the group's financial troubles. However, the local subgroups will hold commemoration events 'throughout the country'.

Early January 2012, the Hungarian National Front extremist group issued a report about increasing number of weapons purchases in the US. The author of the article from the US wrote about the great amount of weapons in his possession with the aim of escalating extremist propaganda spreading hostility in the Hungarian society.

 Early January, 2012, the Hungarian National Front held a propaganda lecture at Dombóvár.

 Early January, 2012, the Hungarian National Front issued a recruitment call. The extremist group asks sympathizers to join either their „Volksaktion Grouppen”, the paramilitary arm, or to the propaganda unit declaring also that „who is not with us is against us”.

The Hungarian National Front is one of the Hungarian supremacist organizations strongly attached to the ideologies of WWII time Hungarian fascist leader Ferenc Szálasi. István Györkös claims to have revived the movement under the name Hungarian National Socialist Task Force back in 1989 answering a call from WWII time fascist leaders exiled during the Communist regime. Some of the members were arrested in 1992 and a Hungarian court sentenced István Györkös to suspended imprisonment.

One of the central sites of the organization is located in the village of Bőny near Győr where, on the shooting range of a former Soviet military base, HNF regularly holds paramilitary training camps for members of other Hungarian hate groups, like the Hereditary Hungarian Guard and Pax Hungarica. The hate group considers preparation and training on combat a priority objective. They show footages of combat and terrorist attacks from Iraq, the killing and corpses of US soldiers and glorify the perpetrators.

It was HNF that introduced the „Day of Honor”, the Budapest based annual neo-Nazi propaganda event.  HNF was the first to organize this event back in 1997 and since then it has developed to be an international national socialist gathering where partner organizations meet not only from within Hungary but also from Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia and Bulgaria. It carries out a propaganda effort regularly of the national socialist military operation launched from the Buda Castle, the last one of WWII that took place in Budapest.

As far as the political ideology of the organization is concerned, they claim to be a Hungarian Supremacist and national socialist group.

The group is openly anti-Semitic. Once a year they hold the “Eszter Solymosi Memorial Day”. The guiding thought behind the event is that “although the light and righteousness represented by Eszter Solymosi is fading away these days, Eszter’s martyrdom and innocence cast light on the real face of the villains”. The 19th century court suit that followed the blood libel in which the villagers of Tiszaeszlár accused the local Jewish community of killing a local girl Eszter Solymosi attracted Europe-wide attention and was a milestone in the process of increasing Hungarian anti-Semitism of the time.

According to a report of the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Republic of Serbia the extremist group has reached beyond the borders of Hungary. Ten members of the organization were arrested in 2007 following an assault on lecturers and students who participated in a conference on the dangers of right-wing extremism held at the Novi Sad University. The neo-Nazi event held in Komárno, Slovakia in September, 2010 is also an indicator of international expansion.

Number of members of the extremist group increases year by year. They often recruit new members at the combat exercises and military training camps and also via advertisements on the website of the organization, online videos and posters.

By late 2010, the Hungarian National Front started building a 'movement' under the name 'Unified Hungary', which is not integrated into the extremist group's organization, but is entirely under its command.

Due to preventive measures of the national Police, in 2011, the Hungarian National Front’s ‘day of honor’ demonstration was held outside of Budapest. Various foreign extremist groups were also represented at the ‘military commemoration’.

Hungarian National Front considers preparation and training on combat a priority objective. According to that aim, the extremist group held a paramilitary training camp in March, 2011. The paramilitary preparation near Budapest included night tactics, close combat and shooting practices.

According to unconfirmed press reports, it is supposed that Árpád K. - one of the four members of the ‘Death Squad’ suspected of committing the serial murder of six Roma Hungarians - sought to cooperate with István Györkös leader of  Hungarian National Front extremist group. As National Police records leaked to the press details, István Cs., another member of the extremist group, was also in contact with National Front.

After renewed provocations by ectremist elements, a serious clash erupted during the night of April 26, 2011 in Gyöngyöspata. Three people were hospitalized after the incident. The Hungarian National Front in response to the incident anticipated an outbreak of civil war. According to the extremist group the modification of the law – a reaction of the Hungarian Government enacting that similar activities would be punished by imprisonment – will aggravate social tensions on the national level. In May, 2011 the extremist group denounced the visit of US Ambassador to Gyöngyöspata. According to the extremist group the visit was a clear provocation as it had no ground after events in the village were a result of a "US Government supported conspiracy".

Just as other extremist groups worldwide, the Hungarian National Front aims to broaden its circle of sympathizers in indirect ways: they work towards rounding up support by "analyzing" controversial issues that generate social tensions and offering "solutions" while feeding all this in its propaganda campaigns. In spring 2011, against resumed evictions and real estate auctioneering, the group launched a campaign announcing “national resistance”.

During the weekend of May 21-22, 2011, the same time the Defense Force held its training camp in the village of Csemő, the Hungarian National Front also organized a paramilitary training camp. The event was not public, only core members were allowed to participate. Pictures made during the event depicted participants wearing protective uniforms and armed with replicas of semi-automatic weapons. Previously, the National Front discredited the Defense Force in an article that aggravated the conflict between the two extremist groups by stating that the Defense Force acts only for generating media coverage and lacks any ideological backgrounds.

Maintaining its traditionally confrontative stance, in mid-June, 2011, the Hungarian National Front is once again condemning other far-right extremist groups - this time attacking amongst others the New Hungarian Guard and the Defense Force after those organizations joined to demonstrations organized by law-enforcement employees.

“Tom Lantos was a vile scum, only those establish an institution named after him who are like he was.” The Hungarian National Front in its anti-Semitic statement has denounced the establishment of the Tom Lantos Institute – an institute established in Budapest for research of democracy, human and minority rights - and also condemned efforts to develop U.S.-Hungarian relations.

In July, 2011 the extremist group held a week-long paramilitary training camp for an approximate three-dozen members.

Following its neo-Nazi ideology, the Hungarian National Front released a statement - also aiming to advance its propaganda - under the title “The Gypsyproblem”. The group states that “[...] thus the Gypsy question is neither a socio-cultural problem, nor an issue of genetics, but it is the question of the soul of their race.” According to the extremist group, “The final solution of the Gypsy problem is the removal of Gypsies from the Hungarian living space [lebensraum].”

To promote its neo-Nazi ideology - as well as the logic of the original national-socialism -, the extremist group released a new propaganda-film that combines chauvinism and revisionism with messages of social demagoguery and militarism.

According to its statement, the Hungarian National Front held an ‘open’ paramilitary training camp in August, 2011. As stated by the extremist group, participants were trained in “formation, close combat and firearms use. [...] On the second day, trainees practiced squad- and platoon-level tactical warfare.”

The Hungarian National Front launched a project aiming to broaden the scope of its activities to an international level. As a first step, the extremist group started to recruit unpaid volunteers with different language skills to provide translation services enabling the organization to broaden its propaganda activities targeting English-, German-, Russian-, Slovakian-, Romanian- and Serbian-speaking audiences.

Late August, the Hungarian National Front and the Pax Hungarica mutually tried to discredit each other - questioning the other organization’s “real” Hungarian Supremacism. According to the National Front, the anti-Islam and anti-immigration extremist rally was planned to be held in Budapest on September 3 is “treason” as “if one did not realize, Hungary is not colonized by Islam. Today Hungary is colonized by Israel.” After the Norwegian twin terror attacks, just as most other far-right extremist groups, the National Front also adopted the “interpretation” that Andreas Breivik committed the attacks to advance Israel’s interests - now it accuses the Pax Hungarica group that it is doing the same. In its answer, the Pax Hungarica declared that members of the National Front are “muhammadophiles”, adding that “We are the sole Hungarian Supremacist organization, the sole authentic Movement!”.

Early September, the Hungarian National Front - as part of its own ‘Volkshauptschule’ - organized a propaganda event titled ‘From Hungarian Supremacism to a united Hungary’ in Tiszafured.

Offering the ‘best paramilitary training’, the Hungarian National Front was recruiting new members to its newly founded ‘Aktionsgruppe’ (local group) in the city of Paks.

The anti-NATO Hungarian National Front assessed the experiences stemming from the Libyan intervention. Quoting Russian military experts, the extremist group stated that after a neo-Nazi government is formed Hungary must be re-armed - including fighter aircraft, armor and air-defense systems - from Russian sources to make it resistant to a possible NATO-led invasion.

The Hungarian National Front organized another propaganda event within the framework of its ‘Volkshauptschule’ that took place in Szekszard in October, 2011. A leader of the extremist group, István Györkös, gave a ‘lecture’ titled ‘The past, present and future of Hungarian Supremacism’.

The extremist group held its next paramilitary training camp in Dombovar (Tolna County), mid-October.

The rivalry between Pax Hungarica and the National Front extremist groups continued in October, 2011. This time, the National Front labeled members of Pax Hungarica as “impotent intellectuals” who were replicating the Front both in terms of propaganda and paramilitary training.

The Hungarian National Front held another paramilitary training - this time only for “trainers” of the organization. During the last weekend of October, 2011, participants practiced tactical mapping, formation, etc.

Late October, 2011, the extremist group launched a new version of its website making its neo-Nazi propaganda available in English and German (while limited content is available in Slovakian, Serbian, etc). Previously, the group organized ‘international events’ to network with similar groups in neighboring countries. Its current effort aims to reach a regional audience.

Early November, 2011, the Hungarian National Front neo-Nazi group tried to promote its propaganda website via mainstream tv ads. While the extremist group was turned down by television channels, the effort indicates an increase in the organization’s funding (that should not be overestimated as a small campaign costs less than 700 EUR according to the information provided by the television channel’s media agency).

The National Front, after its introductory effort last year, organized a nationwide “Day of Purgation” in mid-November, 2011, an event designed to carry out symbolic aggression against what is considered by the neo-Nazi group as “Jewish”. Members and sympathizers of the extremist organization throughout Hungary (Dombóvár, Pécs, Szeged, Tapolca, Nagykanizsa ,etc) as well as its supporters in Lithuania, Russia, Serbia and the United States burned items deemed to symbolize “Jewishness”, including Nobel-laureate Imre Kertész’s ‘Fatelessness’, an advertisement of JP Morgan - Chase, U.S. newspaper Los Angeles Times and a US dollar bill, etc. A participant commented on the act: “I felt that I am listened to from the skies and many have trust in me. I know I have a mission and I know I must walk my way till the end.”

The Hungarian National Front held a one-day tactical assault exercise late November, 2011. The paramilitary training aimed to improve tactical planning, shooting, cooperation, etc. skills of participants. During the exercise, members had to prove themselves in a detailed imaginary scenario in which the extremist group's "internal security forces" were tasked capture or kill "enemies of our nation" situated in separate buildings and guarded by simulated "special forces" in an urban warfare setting. The extremist group also used the opportunity to further its propaganda ('It was only practice. This time.")

In October 2012, the HNF have gone through a split, not for the first time in the group’s history. Our Institute published an Incident Report about the detailed reasons and background of the split that can be found here. As of now, the two wings of the HNF – the splinter group and the “historical” HNF that is still led by István Győrkös – are in a permanent battle with each other mostly about who has the right to use the name ‘Hungarian National Front’.

In order to be able to differentiate between the two groups, our Institute will use the Splinter HNF name for the activities of the HNF group that is not led by István Győrkös any more.

“The final solution of the Gypsy problem is the removal of Gypsies from the Hungarian living space [lebensraum].”

(Statement, 2011.)

"I firmly stick to the axiom: Jews lie. Every Jew and every time.”

(István Györkös, 2009.)

“We strongly repulse the teachings of consumer society, collectivism and Jewish materialism no matter how they exhibit themselves.”

“Real art is defined by the artistic, musical and literary expression and idealization of beauty, grandeur and heroism and thus it shapes the mind to the appropriate direction. It contradicts the sick and degenerate genres some corrupt and filthy minded people whose aim to deprave man call art.”

(The Code – The moral fundamentals of the HNF, 2002.)