The former British and Australian heavyweight boxer – Joe Bugner is in fact Hungarian born ‘József Kreul Bugner’, whose parents left Hungary after the 1956 neo-Nazi uprising was put-down by the Soviet Red Army. In the West, the 1956 neo-Nazi uprising in Hungary was presented as a ‘freedom’ movement, and its crushing interpreted as yet another act of senseless oppression, perpetuated by the Soviet Union. Why did Joe Bugner’s family leave Hungary after a ruthless and murderous neo-Nazi uprising was quelled – and the normalcy of a Socialist government restored? The only answer that makes sense is that the Bugner family was involved in supporting the neo-Nazi movement in Hungary, which over a decade before had seen the Hungarian government (and Hungarian armed forces) actively assist Adolf Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union (1941-1945), and fully participate in the holocaust committed there. Although Joe Bugner was born in 1950 (being only 6 years old when his family emigrated to the UK in 1956), obviously he would have absorbed the far rightwing attitudes of his parents – with no questions asked about his family background when he settled in the capitalist West. The Soviet Union had been fighting neo-Nazi insurgencies in the Ukraine from 1945-1947, with sporadic uprisings occurring up until around 1955. The Soviet Archives reveal that the Ukrainian neo-Nazis were found to be armed with British, American and Nazi German weaponry, as were the neo-Nazi insurgents of Hungary in 1956. There is also evidence that the situation was compounded when Khrushchev ordered the release of thousands of Hungarian men who had voluntarily fought in the Nazi German armed forced during WWII (who had committed all kinds of atrocities in the USSR), back into Hungary unregulated, just prior to the neo-Nazi uprising in 1956.
It is interesting to note that Nazi Germany had nearly destroyed the UK during WWII, and yet just 11 after the end of that war, the UK was giving ‘British Citizenship’ to Hungarian neo-Nazis – no questions asked. Of course, this all happened due to the distortions of the US-led Cold War, which in a relatively short time period, managed to re-write history and persuade the Western world that night was day, and black was white, etc. From the late 1940’s, the US presented the Soviet Union as being exactly the same as the Nazi German regime the Red Army had taken a key part in destroying. Also down-played and hidden from view was the fact that around 40 million Soviet men, women and children died in the fight against Nazi Germany – and in the holocaust Hitler initiated in that country. As matters transpired, (and taking into account that there were rumours of General Tito of Yugoslavia agitating in assisting the neo-Nazi insurgency in Socialist Hungary), the Soviet Red Army – exercising extreme self-discipline – separated the two sides and arrested the perpetrators. This is why over-all casualties are reported in Soviet Records as being around 3000 killed. In the meantime, Joe Bugner made a career in the capitalist West presenting his racism, bigotry and misogyny as a playful eccentricity.
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