This Saturday there will be commemoration events for the victims of communism all around Hungary. On 25 February in 1947 Béla Kovács, the Secretary General of the Independent Smallholders’ Party, was unlawfully arrested and deported to the Soviet Union. The Hungarian parliament adopted a decision in June 2000 (58/2000; VI. 16.) which made 25 February Remembrance Day for the Victims of Communism.
– the official commemoration event will take place between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the House of Terror Museum at Andrássy út 60; this institution is ten years old this year. Everyone is welcomed to place remembrance candles and lampions at the museum, to honor victims of the communist dictatorship. (The museum is free of charge on this day, visitors get special guided tours held by well-known people.)
– speakers from 4 p.m.: László Balás-Piri, president of the Board of Trustees of the Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society; Gábor Tallai, program director of the House of Terror Museum; Mária Schmitt, director of the House of Terror Museum; Csaba Hende, Minister of Defence.
– singers: Eszter Váczi, Ákos.
The victims of communist regimes worldwide are estimated at 100 million. In Eastern Europe, the number of those who died in famine, in labor camps or were executed on political grounds was around one million. We can not even estimate the number of people physically and psychologically crippled by the everyday reality of dictatorship.
More information in Hungarian here.
This is a statue next to the Hungarian Parliament House, representing Béla Kovács. The statue was unveiled on 25 February, 2002.
Picture from Wikipedia.
On January 17th in the Hungarian National Museum the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Year was launched. Hosts of the event: minister for Foreign Affairs in Hungary Janos Martonyi and in Sweden Carl Bildt, guest of honor Yoseph Peled minister from Israel.
Calendar of events:
– January 17: ‘To me there’s no other choice – Raoul Wallenberg 1912 – 2012’ Swedish photo exhibition opened (this is the day he was last seen on in Hungary)
– January 27: UN Holocaust remembrance day
– 14 February: Seminar on Raoul Wallenberg´s activities in Budapest. Seminar organised by Living History Forum and City of Lidingö, Stockholm
– April 15th: Wallenberg commemorative concert in front of the House of Terror Museum (www.terrorhaza.hu). March of the Living, a march along the streets of Budapest down to the Danube embankment to remember the victims of the Holocaust (www.eletmenete.hu).
– April 16th: Hungarian Holocaust remembrance day
– April 17th: 25th Auschwitz – Birkenau Pilgrimage
– May 10th: Wallenberg stamp issued by the Hungarian and the Swedish Post
– May 15th: research conference: “Can we say no?” in the Holocaust Documentation Center (www.hdke.hu).
– June 16th: planned conference on democracy and human rights
– August 4th (Wallenberg’s birthday): “Righteous among the Nation´s award” meeting for Hungarian citizens who have been presented the “Righteous among the Nations” award in the Holocaust Memorial Center
– August 5th: memorial evening in the Dohany street synagogue
– September 9th: Raoul Wallenberg 100 – evening
– November 18th: charity concert in the Dohany street synagogue
For more details and events connected to the Raoul Wallenberg 2012 memorial year please visit : http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/15418