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Category: Commemoration




Tamás Deutsch: 1956 was about the supremacy of justice and freedom

“The history of the Hungarian ’56 was one of the most important and beautiful events of the difficult and ruthless 20th century. Its message is clear and unambiguous, not only to Hungarians, but also to the whole world: It is about the supremacy of justice and freedom,” said Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch in Brussels.

“The 4th of November is one of the saddest days in the calendar of the Hungarian nation, as it broke Hungarians’ dreams of freedom for many decades,” the politician emphasized in his speech at the event of the Hungarian fraction of the EPP Group and the…

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November 6, 2019


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s commemoration speech on the 63rd anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight

Honourable Prime Minister, celebrating Hungarians around the world, within and beyond the borders,

It is worthy and just that, as the closing chord of our national holiday, we should bow our heads to the Revolutionaries of ’56 here, at the Academy of Music. The 1956 Freedom Fight started the way our revolutions usually start. In our revolutions, the fuse would sometimes be lit by the words of a Petőfi or a Sinkovits, a performance by a young virtuoso pianist, a staging of Bánk bán, or the overture to an opera. At the Erkel…

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October 24, 2019


We must preserve our national cultures and traditions, says Bence Tuzson in Brussels

The State Secretary for Public Service of the Prime Minister’s Office emphasized the importance of the preservation of nations at the commemoration of the 1848-49 Revolution and War for Independence in Brussels.

In 1848, the era required struggle, said State Secretary Bence Tuzson, because a nation would dissolve in an empire if it could not retain its identity.

“The revolutionaries and the freedom fighters have surely agreed on one thing: the fundamental importance of national survival,” he said.

At the event organized on March 15th by the Hungarian delegation of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament and the Magyar Hullám, Bence Tuzson stressed that the war…

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April 3, 2019


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech at a conference held in memory of Helmut Kohl

16 June 2018, Budapest

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, President Spengler, President Zoltán Balog,

I have agreed on a division of labour with Zoltán Balog: I will speak frankly and with no holds barred, while afterwards he will apologise to the audience for this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For my part I shall keep to the agreement. Nowadays Europe’s vital signs show it to be in a state of feverish agitation. Many things are in motion at once: the warning signs of a trade war with the United States; armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia; a new form of politics in Italy on the…

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June 21, 2018


Katalin Novák’s speech on the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Honorable Commemorators!

My late uncle, István Rásonyi-Papp, was studying to become an architect. He was an enthusiastic, idealist, freedom-loving young man full of plans. In 1950, for ‘subversive behavior,’ he was arrested and taken to Recsk, a small town in northern Hungary, without any judicial proceeding or incriminating charges. There, István and his fellow laborers built the forced labor camp in a stone quarry where they were starved and tortured. The Recsk camp operated until the fall of 1953 when the prisoners, some 1500, mostly educated persons who were held in complete secrecy, were transferred to police custody or sentenced…

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Katalin Novák November 20, 2017