Keep Quiet

By Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester (other events)

Wednesday, July 12 2017 1:30 PM 3:13 PM

Csanad Szegedi’s story is remarkable; as the vice-president of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then comes a startling revelation which upends his life: Szegedi’s maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother hid her faith fearing persecution. Keep Quiet openly explores Szegedi’s three-year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander, to discover his newfound heritage, and the religion it is based on, forcing him to confront the painful truths of his family’s past, and most importantly, his own horrific wrong-doing. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening, or is he simply a desperate man who, having failed to suppress the truth, has nowhere else to turn?