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Orbán Attends Poet Szőcs’s Funeral

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.11.14.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Saturday attended the funeral ceremony of poet Géza Szőcs, former state secretary and the prime minister’s chief cultural advisor, who died on November 5.

In his eulogy, Orbán said the deceased poet had been “more than a friend, a mentor, strategist, and spiritual support”. He had “more ideas than politics could bear, more words than his poetry needed, and more stories that could fill textbooks,” Orbán said.

Renowned Poet and Ministerial Advisor Géza Szőcs Dies at 67
Renowned Poet and Ministerial Advisor Géza Szőcs Dies at 67

Renowned poet Géza Szőcs, president of the Hungarian PEN Club and chief cultural advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, died at the age of 67 yesterday. The Kossuth and József Attila prize-winning poet was hospitalized with coronavirus at the end of October. Born in Romania’s Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely) in 1953, Szőcs became an important voice […]Continue reading

Born in Transylvania, Szőcs “defied Romania’s and Hungary’s communists, and gave directions in chaotic times of transition as a poet with quiet but weighty words,” the prime minister said.

Born in Romania’s Marosvásárhely (Targu Mures) in 1953, Szőcs became an important voice in Romanian Hungarian literature in the 1970s. After the fall of the regime, he became one of the leaders of Romania’s ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party and served in the Senate as the party’s group leader. He worked as a state secretary for culture in Hungary’s Human Resources Ministry between 2010 and 2012, and as an advisor in cultural affairs since. He was awarded the József Attila and Kossuth state prizes in 1993 and 2015, respectively.

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