The insignia of ‘Valiant Order’ which helped execute Hungarian Holocaust was worn by the counter-terror expert.
One of Donald Trump’s top counter-terror experts was seen wearing the medal of a Nazi-linked Hungarian nationalist group at the President’s inauguration ball.
Deputy Assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, made several public appearances wearing the insignia of Vitezi Rend, which forced him to deny he was an anti-Semite.
According to Gorka, the medal belonged to his Hungarian-born father and he wears it as a tribute to him. His father was a member of the order listed as Nazi collaborators during Second World War.
However, a Vitezi Rend spokesperson said: “When he appeared on US television … with the medal of the Vitez Order … it made me really proud.”
Hungarian politicians refuted Gorka’s claims to having no involvement with the group, whose name translates as “Valiant Order”.
Gorka campaigned in 2006 to become the mayor of a provincial Hungarian town but failed. Erika Laszlo campaigned against him.
She said: “It was common knowledge he was a Vitezi [member].” These claims were echoed by a politician who ran on Gorka’s own ticket.
“And for many people this was a shine on the armor, if you like, because it was the old, golden days before the war.”
The history of the order:
Originally, the order was founded by the Hungarian head of state Miklos Horthy, between 1920 and 1944, as a state honor for those who fought for Hungary during the First World War.
Horthy wrote in 1940: “Concerning the Jewish problem, for all my life I have been an anti-Semite. To replace the Jews, who have everything in their hands… requires a generation at least”.
The order was listed as a collaborationist body by the Hungarian government, and many of its decorated members of the government oversaw the Holocaust in Hungary.
Gorka initially refused to answer questions about the medal, but later claimed that his father had been tortured and imprisoned by Hungarian communists in the late 1940s after he founded “underground organizations of pro-democracy, anti-Communists to work about the Soviet dictatorship”.
In a video released by Breitbart, he said that the medal “reminds me of what [my parents] suffered under the Nazis and under the communists.”
However, Gorka is known to sign his name as “Sebestyen L. v. Gorka”. The initials “L.v” are allegedly used by those granted membership of the order and their oldest sons. After their death.
Today’s Vitezi Rend order distances itself from its Nazi past and founder, just as Gorka is trying to distance itself from the order.
Recently, a video surfaced of Gorka voicing his support to a militia that was banned and called “essentially racist” by the European Court of Human Rights. He also dismissed concerns about anti-Semitism as “the very useful tool of a certain political class”.