“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
(Albert Einstein – refugee from Nazi Germany)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

2009: the Radnóti Year

He would have turned hundred in May this year.

On 9th November, we commemorate the 65th anniversary of the day when Miklós Radnóti’s(1) life was finished by a shot in the back of the neck by butchers who previously carried him off through the country like a slave.

This year, millions of forints are being spent by the country sanctimoniously and in a spectacular manner under the colour of the events of the Radnóti Year. However, at the same time,

some fifty Nazi and Arrow-Cross(2) murderer’s grave – among them Ferenc Szálasi’s(3) one – can be provably found in the ceremonial section no. 298 (alias “National Pantheon”) of the New Cemetery, Budapest and supported from our money paid in taxes. The murderers’ graves are adorned with the arms of the Republic of Hungary and with tricoloured ribbon and also fresh flowers can be found there all the time… 

Nothing has happened in this issue since years as the problem has hardly been acknowledged by the National Reverence and Historical Memorial Place Committee and by the Public Endowment of Freedom Fighters exercising professional and maintaining control, respectively.

Anyone intending to serve Miklós Radnóti’s memory by upholding its banner is called to participate in a demonstration.

Let us stop ruining this country by demagogy and deliberately falsifying history!

Let us draw attention not to maintain a memorial place for Arrow-Cross murderers from taxpayers’ money!

Let us meet in front of the Prime Minister’s Office (Budapest, V. Kossuth Lajos tér 4) on Sunday, 8 November 2009, at 3 pm.

Ferenc Donáth
Budapest Organisation of the
Imre Nagy Society

Vilmos Hanti
Alliance of Hungarian Resistance Fighters
and Anti-Fascists – Union for Democracy

Tamás Hirschler
Hungarian Antifascist League

Ádám Galba-Deák
Democratic Network
1 Prominent Hungarian poet of Jewish origin (1909, Budapest – 1944, Abda) killed by Hungarian members of the skeleton staff of a forced labour unit when force-marched from a labour camp to Austria in October–November 1944.
2 Hungarian Nazi Movement.
3 Born in 1897. Leader of the Arrow-Cross Party; “Leader of the Nation” and Prime Minister after the takeover of 15 October 1944. Executed as a war criminal in 1946.

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