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Local and central government officials on Friday unveiled a monument commemorating the Treaty of Trianon, 100 years after it was signed, in Kondoros, in the southeast of Hungary.

“In solidarity there lies enormous strength, as is shown by the historical past of the Hungarian people and the inauguration of this monument today,” Defence Ministry state secretary Szilárd Németh said at the ceremony.

He said Hungarians had suffered many hardships, but had always kept their faith in freedom, national values and Christian culture intact.

“That faith as well as patriots who can create unity are necessary today, too,” the state secretary added.

Trianon: Instead of the principle on self-determination of nations, the victorious great powers re-drew borders according to their geopolitical interests – Interview with historian Balázs Ablonczy
Trianon: Instead of the principle on self-determination of nations, the victorious great powers re-drew borders according to their geopolitical interests – Interview with historian Balázs Ablonczy

Hungary can only be held responsible for World War I as any other participating country, says historian Balázs Ablonczy, whose new book, “Unknown Trianon,” has just been published. On the other hand, the bad perception of Hungary in the world at the time played a role in that the treaty hit the country particularly hard. […]Continue reading

A letter from Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén was read at the inauguration in which he wrote that the Treaty of Trianon is “a wound, a stigma and a mission”. “The monument is a declaration of national solidarity and a path to the future,” he wrote.

The monument was erected with a grant from the manager of the Bethlen Gábor Fund, local council funding and donations from Hungarians living inside and outside of the country.

Featured photo by Péter Lehoczky/MTI