DOCUMENTARY/HUNGARY

WAR SCHOOL
A military camp for children in Mogyorod, Hungary. documentary by Arpad Kurucz
n Hungary, conscription – a 135year-old tradition – ended on November 3, 2004. Since then, nostalgia (and romanticising) about military service is on the rise among a section of the Hungarian society – so much that, in recent times, different groups are organising military camps across the country. Anyone or any organisation can organise these camps, since there is no legal bar – the only prohibition is on the use of live ammunition. This has

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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. The most alarming development, however, is with extreme right-wing organisations arranging military camps for their members. The Association of Military Tradition in Mogyorod has been organising military camps for children in recent years. This camp has gone

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 the basic military training as per the original conscription curriculum. Shooting exercises are of course done using dummy ammunition.

Arpad Kurucz is an award-winning Hungarian photographer, www.arpadkurucz.com

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