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"...egy összekuszált világ emberiségének lelkiismerete vagyok."
Albert Wass de Czege (1979)       
Military pass pictureThe Case of Wass Albert in WWII: A Loyal Hungarian Citizen, Neither Fascist nor Anti-Semite
Huba Wass de Czege, Hawthorne, Florida, USA  June, 2012

How is it that the spokesman of the oppressed and expelled minorities of Transylvania can be seen, by some, to be a Fascist and Anti-Semite when no person has ever offered one shred of valid evidence against him? The real evidence that does exist from 1936 through the end of WWII in April 1945 reveals a loyal Hungarian citizen, a believer in equal justice for all of Transylvania’s people, and an honorable soldier defending his country – neither Fascist nor anti-Semite. His writings during that time reflected mostly on how the powerful and foreign forces of that time affected all simple people in brutal ways. His actions reveal both the willingness to give up the safety of civilian life to serve in the front-line battles of his country’s defense against invasion and, while defending his homeland, also obstructing Fascist designs against Hungary’s Jews in Erdely.
In the 1930’s Wass Albert was a member of a group of writers who published frequently in the Erdélyi Helikon magazine. The Helikon editor Abáfay Gusztáv said that Wass Albert identified with the outlook of the journal -- the traditional mentality of Transylvanianism – an openness of mind and all-inclusive spirit that permeated the writings of this group of Transylvanian writers. (See Gusztáv Abáfay, Erdély új írói, Cluj: 1937, 173 cited in Ildikó Balázs: “Wass Albert első pályaszakaszának elbeszélései” in Confessio, vol. 27, Budapest: 2003. December, p52.)
He was also a visitor to the frequent gatherings of artists, scientists, writers and other intellectuals in Kolozsvar,  a great many of whom where Jewish. The world famous immunologist, Dr. Zoltan Ovary, a schoolmate of Wass Albert, speaks of this in his memoir  Souvenirs: Around the World in Ninety Years. He writes, “At my mother’s salon in our house in Kolozsvar, no one ever asked the religious background of any person who wanted to join. Much later, in the thirties, I learned that nearly half of our guest family were Jewish or of Jewish origin.”  According to Dr Ovary, Wass Albert remained friendly throughout the war with the Jewish intellectuals he met at these gatherings. (From and e-mail to the author from Dr Ovary on June 16, 2003.)
As early as 1936 Wass Albert took a public stand against the vicious Nazism then already rampant in Romanian Transylvania alongside fellow Romanian and Jewish writers. He contributed a chapter to an anthology published under the title Cot La CotVállvetve (Shoulder To  Shoulder), (Tigru Mures, Romania:1936).
Some current critics of Wass Albert, uninformed of WWII circumstances and history, point to his military service, officer status, and German Army medals as evidence of a pro-Nazi orientation. Some even repeat a baseless and discredited


1 Gusztáv Abáfay, Erdély új írói, (Cluj: 1937), 173 cited in Ildikó Balázs: “Wass Albert első pályaszakaszának elbeszélései” in Confessio, vol. 27, (Budapest: 2003. December),52.

2 E-mail of Zoltan Ovary dated June 16, 2003 8:47 PM Eastern Standard time. Quote is from p 27 of Souvenirs: Around the World In Ninety Years by Zoltan Ovary.
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