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Hungary Commemorates Victims Of Totalitarian Regimes

admin 2014.10.13.

Last weekend events of commemoration took place in Budapest in order to pay tribute to the victims of the totalitarian regimes of mid-20th century.

“Hungary must not make any allowances when it comes to safeguarding its freedom”, the ruling Fidesz party’s group leader said on Saturday. The country must be vigilant to ensure dark periods of its past do not return, Antal Rogán told a commemoration of the 61st anniversary of people returning home from the Gulag. Rogán, who was the former mayor of Budapest’s 5th district, said the builders and operator of such camps were mass murderers and their sins would never lapse. It is important to remember this because there are historians, politicians and publicists today who try to relativise the sins of the communists, he added. He said Hungary today is strong enough to protect its people wherever they live in the world. The example of Ukraine is a warning sign that no allowances can be allowed it comes to safeguarding freedom, he said in central Budapest.

Meanwhile an international conference started on Sunday at the John Wesley Theological College in Budapest marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews and the Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre. The three-day conference focuses on the Hungarian Shoah starting with the Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre of 1941 to the deportations of 1944 and will also study the consequences and interpretations. Rector of the college Gábor Iványi said the “forgotten chapter of the Shoah”, the Kamianets-Podilskyi massacre, should be given due attention at the commemorations. Some 15,000 Jews deported from Hungary were massacred near Kamianets-Podilskyi in Ukraine on August 27 and 28, 1941.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: House of Terror exhibition (terrorhaza.hu)


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