Csanad Szegedi was one of the leaders of Hungary’s Anti-Semitic Party. Then, in 2011, came a revelation that changed his life:
His maternal grandmother was Jewish and a survivor of Auschwitz. This information shocked him and propelled him on a journey of introspection and regret. Through the Chabad Rabbi in Budapest, Szegedi is making the difficult transitions back to his roots and has since become a full fledged member of the Jewish community in Hungary.
Today, Mr. Szegedi, a member of the European Parliament, has dedicated himself to speak out against hate and anti-Semitism in Hungary and Eastern Europe. He speaks out in Israel's defence in the European Parliament.
On December 9, 2013, he comes to Chabad of Westmount to share his story about revelation, regret and reparation for the first time in North America.
Monday, December 9, 2013 7:00pm.
No Charge for advance reservation.
or $10 at door.
Due to numerous press inquiries, here is a report of the events of Mr.Szegedi's visit here.
Was the talk given?
Many people are asking if Mr. Szegedi gave his talk. He was in fact given 24 hours to stay in Montreal by Immigration Canada and came to our center, where he presented his complete talk and also addressed questions that were presented to him. Since he could not stay until 7 pm, his talk was videotaped and presented to the audience when they came. The lecture was packed with people who listened carefully and respectfully as Mr. Szegedi delivered his moving address via video. We expected about 200 people, but closer to 275 came.
Reaction to the talk
The reaction that we received from the talk was mostly positive. Though there were some people who did not accept what Mr. Szegedi said, the majority were very interested to hear what he had to say. Many people were touched by his story and his desire to change his life and felt that Mr. Szegedi was sincere in his path of change.
Oppostion to the Talk
While there was some vocal opposition to the talk, in our experience, this did not reflect the majority of the community. We invited these people to express themselves at the talk and they were given the opportunity to speak. The majority of the e-mails and phone calls that we received felt that it was important for Mr. Szegedi to share his story so that people could learn from his experiences.
We will post photos shortly of Mr. Szegedi's talk. Stay tuned.