FAKE NEWS ALERT! Do your homework people. This group is comprised of war hero’s and veterans and people who give back to society. The group was branded fascist by communists and the group fought against germans in WWII.
“In the years leading up to WWII, the Order continued its growth, and as certain territories were returned to Hungary, even more members were accepted, even after land for land grants ran out. By 1941 the number of ‘vitéz’ members was over 33,000.
During the Second World War, many of Hungary’s bravest soldiers came from ‘vitéz’ families, such as the top-scoring fighter pilot, Dezső vitéz Szentgyörgyi.
The armistice, signed between the USSR and Interim National Government in Moscow on January 20th, 1945, stated that no “fascist” organisation could be re-formed once Hungary was “liberated”. This list included the National Council of Vitéz, which, being the administrative body of the Order, effectively meant that the Order could not be resurrected in Hungary while under Soviet rule. This was according to the Prime Ministerial Edict no. 1945/529.
It should be noted that similar orders were issued disbanding the Boy Scouts, as well as various Catholic Orders.
The banning of the Order was strengthened by the contents of the Paris Peace Treaty in 1947 and was reinforced by the Hungarian Parliamentary Law of 1947/18. Due to the fact that members of the Vitézi Rend had been brave soldiers; thus making them ‘untrustworthy’ in the eyes of the Communists; they were religious, another ‘untrustworthy’ feature; and they were patriotic — rather than loyal to Moscow — vitéz members were thrice ‘Class Enemies’. Not only was the Order of Bravery banned, but its members were persecuted, often without trial, or later, through kangaroo courts.
Despite this, the Order of Vitéz continues its work of rewarding heroism in many fields, as well as doing charity work and attempting to help the much-battered Hungarian people regain their sense of self worth.”