A wise man once said: A tree withers
when it has no more roots. That’s what they say about people too. Someone who does not know his past
or where he comes from, has no future either. Shit, where did I end up now? You probably wonder what I’m doing
here, but I’m here for a reason. I’m going to visit
a group of Hungarian nationalists who are preparing for a battle.
Not a real battle of course, but they play battles from history
to stir up their patriotism. I’m curious.
it looks very creepy, but we’ll see. Hey, how are you?
– I’m fine, thank you. I am Yassine. Nice to meet you.
– I am Kenéz. Kenéz, nice name. Cool. Kenéz is an old job title.
A kind of duke. The name comes from Délvidék, a region in Serbia
that used to belong to Hungary. Your clothes look amazing. Where does this come from? My cap was worn by the hussars
during the 1848 freedom struggle. What is a hussar? A hussar is a kind of rider.
The term originated in Hungary. My cardigan and trousers
are an everyday outfit like the hussars
of the seventeenth century wore them. The boots are also made
after that example. We try to reconstruct everything
as it used to be. Our group is specialized in the battle against the Ottoman Empire
in the seventeenth century. When did you decide to become
a hussar? My father asked me
if I wanted to be a hussar. I liked that.
I was fourteen years old. I don’t know if that
was a thoughtful choice back then. So this is the big boss?
– Yes. Of course we are not soldiers. It has
become more of a ceremonial thing. As a hussar you keep yourself busy
with the horses, beautiful women,
good food and drinks. And at the same time you learn
or give something to other people. 125,000 euro went to Hungarian
re-enactment groups this year Will everyone wear
traditional clothes today? Not everyone. This is where
all kinds of riders come in. And are you a good or a bad rider? A good one, of course. You’re the only ones
who wear a uniform. Are you trying to bring a message?
– Yes. We want to honor
our Hungarian ancestors. We want to show that everyone can
be proud of our Hungarian ancestors. In addition, we also want to introduce
people to those old traditions. In this way it becomes easier to get to
know people’s history, in our opinion. As a traditional Hussar, nationalism
is of course important to you. Your military re-enactment is a hobby. Have you ever considered
joining the army? I don’t want to end up in a situation
where I have to execute an order that I’d rather not carry out. I think this policy of violence
is totally wrong. If you react with violence
while you are not being violated, that seems a wrong reaction to me. The current government is trying
to make the army more attractive in many ways. You would only have to take action when it comes to defending
your own territory. That sounds much better
and I’ll probably join in. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Is there anything that worries you
about the future of Hungary? Of course,
the world is constantly changing. We can also see that there is a large
flood of refugees from the south. It is getting bigger and bigger and
it is spreading all over the world, but it’s not up to me to solve that. It’s up to the politicians
to deal with that. Are you afraid that tradition will
disappear with the wave of migration? I don’t think it will disappear. But it will change. You have a lot more
different cultures these days. I think it is important that they bring
their own traditions and also open restaurants here, so that we can get to know
their culture as well. So you are actually happy
with the time you live in? I have no choice. I have no choice. We can idealize the past,
but we have to realize that it hasn’t always been better
or worse. When we idealize something
and emphasize the positive things about people or events from the past, it makes it easier for us
to find the right direction to follow on a social and human level. I’ll vote you 60 percent this time.
– Yeah? Okay. Great. So much for my horse riding skills. Maybe I should buy a horse
in Belgium. Better than a bike. For now, I’m still enjoying nature here. If you are curious about the rest of our
trip, subscribe to our YouTube channel and check ‘Breaking Europe’.