Thursday, November 08, 2012

Zoltán Téglás on communism

Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás is the frontman/singer for the punk rock band Ignite. Many of his songs focus on communism and what impact it had on Hungary. Téglás is very proud of his Hungarian heritage and it is a huge influence on his songs. In this interview, he talks about what communism did to his family and to the country.  His position on communism is extremely rare in the entertainment world as most artists are "left" friendly and don't speak out against the crimes of the communist regimes of the 20th century.

Téglás came from a family of agricultural landowners that ran a successful business. The communists took away the lands that his family owned and worked on. This happened to many other business and land owners as the communist authorities "redistributed" the land to the rest of the population. The irony is that the communist authorities became the new bourgeoisie or rich class in their new "utopia" while everyone else suffered politically and economically.