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hvg - Hungary | 13/01/2016

Dumb Hungarians annoyed about Golden Globe

Hungarian director László Nemes's film Son of Saul became the first Hungarian film to win a Golden Globe on Monday. In Hungary, however, the fact that a film about the Holocaust won has drawn criticism. In the centre-left weekly hvg commentator Árpád W. Tóta voices annoyance at his countrymen's stupidity: "The film is actually directed against you. Because what is the lesson to be learned from the last 70 years? That a country persecuted, exterminated and expelled people who could have been Hungarians if they had been allowed to. The film is directed against all those who still believe that the path [of ethnic homogeneity in Hungary] can lead to success and national greatness. … With your stubborn and narrow-minded stupidity you, dear Hungarians, are guaranteeing that you will remain frustrated for another thousand years. But no, by then you will all have died out." (13/01/2016)

Eesti Rahvusringhääling - Estonia | 12/01/2016

David Bowie helped us deal with growing old

Musician David Bowie died on Sunday at the age of 69. Commenting on the website of the Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling psychologist Kätlin Konstabel describes him as a role model: "I realised through these two albums [Earthling and Outside] that this is the right way to grow old - one in which the year of birth is just a number in your passport. … Esprit, mental agility and the desire to experiment - why should these things be reserved for the young? Or for so-called artists? And the courage to look life in the eyes? … No, we can't expect everyone to be seriously ill and bring out a chart-topping album when they are on the brink of death - but we should reflect from time to time on ourselves, on our lives and the meaning of life, regardless of how old we are or what we do for a living. We must have the courage to consciously change. Not only in music but also in life." (12/01/2016)

Berlingske - Denmark | 05/01/2016

Museums should not whitewash history

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has renamed works of art whose titles contained terms like "negro", "dwarf" and "Indian". The centre-right daily Berlingske warns against misrepresenting history: "The problem isn't that the museum is distancing itself from insulting terms as such. Of course not. But it is a problem when real or presumed insults are no longer seen in their historical context, and are instead styled as absolute statements which for that reason must be apologised for, hidden and eliminated. Once you've started down that path you change history retrospectively. If we allow history to be treated this way we will start to resemble a society that we would otherwise oppose. Rather than accepting history for what it is, we would be whitewashing it. And that would really be a catastrophe." (05/01/2016)

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