A book with the selected writings of László Tőkés, and eulogies by 18 public figures was presented.
The book published in honor of the 70-year-old László Tőkés, Transylvanian politician and former bishop, was presented on Tuesday afternoon at Hungarian Days in the Romanian town of Cluj (Kolozsvár).
As a pastor of the Reformed Church, László Tőkés played a significant role in the Romanian revolution: he was a well-known critic of the totalitarian Ceaușescu regime, and when a court ordered his eviction from his church flat Timisoara (Temesvár) in 1989, the crowd that gathered in his support decided to move on to the city center and the Communist Party headquarters. This event becoming one of the main sparks that ignited the anti-communist revolution.
The book, which was compiled without László Tőkés’ knowledge, was presented as a surprise to the celebrated author by Zsolt Németh, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament – jointly with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán – at Tusványos Summer University last month. The book contains writings by László Tőkés (selected by Viktória Kóczián, a theologian from Debrecen). The Transylvanian politician was eulogized by 18 public figures, including Viktor Orbán, former Hungarian President János Áder, and former Romanian President Emil Constantinescu.
Zsolt Németh said that the book is perhaps the most complete documentation of László Tőkés’ career, but it is not a biography – “it has yet to be written.” Quoting the Romanian authors of the book, the Fidesz politician said that the road to true Romanian democracy leads only through Temesvár, through the rehabilitation of László Tőkés.
Featured photo by Kolozsvári Magyar Napok