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Finance Minister Varga: Message of 1956 Still Relevant Today

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.23.

The remembrance of Hungary’s anti-Soviet uprising of 1956 tells Hungarians that they must continue to fight the political players of the past who are attempting to make a comeback as well as those trying to exert political control onto the country from the outside, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said at a commemoration of the outbreak of the revolution on Friday.

“The oppressors initially misrepresented the events of 1956 and then stayed silent on them for more than 30 years,” Varga said. “These are well-known leftist solutions.” The minister said remembrance of the revolution must also encompass knowing the truth, adding that “even after all these years we still have more to do in this area.”

“The new generations must also be told about those who sided with the oppressors in 1956 and we must prevent the return of their followers,” he said.

“I do not hold hatred toward anyone over the fact that I was wrongfully imprisoned in 1956”
“I do not hold hatred toward anyone over the fact that I was wrongfully imprisoned in 1956”

The Deputy Head of Service for the Rákoscsaba National Guard, István Válóczy, was sentenced to life in prison over false charges following a November 4 firefight in 1956.Continue reading

“The heroes of 1956 wanted a Hungary in which Hungarians have control of their own fate, where the thousand-year past, the shared history, language and religion connects all Hungarians and shapes a strong nation,” the minister said.

“The heavy sacrifices of 1956 will only have meaning if the values that can make us a successful nation are also represented in actions,” Varga said.

Featured photo illustration by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI