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DOCUMENTARY/HUNGARY

WAR SCHOOL
A military camp for children in Mogyorod, Hungary.
documentary by Arpad Kurucz

I n Hungary, conscription – a 135-


year-old tradition – ended on
November 3, 2004. Since then,
nostalgia (and romanticising) about
military service is on the rise among a
led to a phenomenon where corporate
military camps are being organised
for businesspeople, since military
style is now in vogue in the corporate
world, as a key to business survival.
somewhat international as children
from outside Hungary also attend.
The aim of the camp is to let children
get the taste of military adventure and
discipline. In one week, they receive
section of the Hungarian society – so The most alarming development, the basic military training as per the
much that, in recent times, different however, is with extreme right-wing original conscription curriculum.
groups are organising military camps organisations arranging military Shooting exercises are of course done
across the country. camps for their members. using dummy ammunition.
Anyone or any organisation can The Association of Military
organise these camps, since there is no Tradition in Mogyorod has been
legal bar – the only prohibition is on organising military camps for children Arpad Kurucz is an award-winning Hungarian
the use of live ammunition. This has in recent years. This camp has gone photographer, www.arpadkurucz.com

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