Norman Stone

Blackmail, bribery and bullying

The postwar Communist takeover of Eastern Europe might have been resisted, argues <em>Norman Stone</em>, if the various opposition parties had stood firmer

You can always tease Hungarians if you say that they have more Nobel Prize-winners than the Japanese, and that that really remarkable statistic is the abnormally high percentage of non-Jews among them, namely 17½. In 1900 Jews made up about 25 per cent of the Budapest population, and once abroad they hit the world with great force, whether in Hollywood or in nuclear physics (the memoirs of Arthur Koestler are a testimony to their drive and adaptability, as well as to their sense of humour).

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