Ethnic Hungarians deported from Czechoslovakia after the Second World War were remembered at a special meeting of the municipal council of Komárom, in northern Hungary.
“The post-WWII deportations were tragic and senseless episodes of our history while Czechoslovak policy makers failed to attain their goal of creating a homogeneous nation-state,”
Zsolt Semjén, Hungary’s deputy prime minister, said in a letter addressed to the meeting. In 2012, Hungary’s parliament declared April 12 the memorial day of deportees from Slovakia, marking the anniversary of the start of deportations in 1947.
The Beneš decrees passed immediately after the WW2 deprived Czechoslovakia’s ethnic Hungarians and Germans of their citizenship and property on the basis of collective guilt. The close to 170,000 ethnic Hungarians deported have never received compensation.
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