Examples of Mass Murder and Cannibalism in Austral-Hungary

Hungarian Mass Murderer – Bela Kiss

Unless translated into English, reliable knowledge of this type of crime within the Austral-Hungarian Empire before, during and after WWI (1914-1918) is difficult to acquire. The following two videos deal with the extraordinary cases of Hungarian mass murderer Bela Kiss (b. 1877 death unknown), and Prussian mass murderer and cannibal Karl Denke (1860-1924). Whereas Bela Kiss killed at least 24 people – picking their bodies in barrels of alcohol – Karl Denke murdered as least 42 people, butchering their bodies and selling the meat at local markets. Denke used every part of the body in a cottage industry that included making shoe-laces out of human hair. These body counts are thought to be only those casualties the police could confirm, and that in both cases the number of victims could well be much higher. The Austral-Hungarian Empire was an absolute monarchy until its defeat at the end of WWI. What is interesting is how aberrant crime mirrors the inequalities within specific socio-economic models. Of course, this observation does not absolve the individual from all responsibility, but it does explain the primarily ‘unseen’ psychological and physical pressures that a given society imposes upon its citizens, which can contribute to highly amoral, immoral and destructive behaviour. The totalitarian nature of Germanic culture at this time led to a rigid social order from which there was no escape, grinding poverty, and continuous bouts of famine (particularly amongst the poor). What Kiss and Denke did as individual criminals would be later raised to State policy under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. This is why collecting details of this type of crime prior to the rise of Nazism within the Germanic States, can offer an explanation as to why it was that millions of people had no problem either assisting or committing mass crimes against humanity. On the other hand, this does not mean that all German people were like this, but rather that the socio-economic constructs were present within the totalitarian system of Germanic Government prior to the rise of Hitler to power in 1933, which Hitler subsequently used to apply his murderous policies. More evidence of similar crimes needs to be gathered to add weight to this hypothesis.

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