Hungarian Huns Hunger for Honor
Hungarian descendents of Atilla the Hun are lobbying for recognition as a distinct ethnic group.
Hungary’s MPs will hear an application from a group of people who claim descent from Attila the Hun and want recognition as an ethnic minority. The Hun swept across Europe from central Asia in the 4th and 5th Centuries AD, conquering territory as far west as modern-day France. But after Attila’s death in 453, they disappeared from the history books.
Attila is still a popular name, but the emergence of a group of 21st Century Hungary Huns is raising eyebrows. Branded the scourge of God by the peoples he conquered in southern and western Europe, Attila the Hun has had a better press among the Hungarians, the Turks and other related peoples. Nearly 2,500 people have so far identified themselves as Huns on a petition presented to the Hungarian parliament’s national elections committee. Under Hungary’s 1993 rights of national and ethnic minorities act, that is enough for their application to be considered by parliament.
One wonders whether they’ll sit around the campfire telling stories about their ancestors and the times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the country side?