Victims Of Communism in Hungary Commemorated at House of Terror Museum in Budapest

  • 26 Feb 2024 6:30 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Victims Of Communism in Hungary Commemorated at House of Terror Museum in Budapest
Officials commemorated the memorial day for the victims of communism on Sunday. Speaking at a ceremony at the House of Terror Museum in Budapest, interior ministry state secretary Bence Rétvári said violence was a fundamental aspect of communism, and “the left always looks the other way when it comes to violence”.

“The red fog first descended on our country in 1919,” claiming more than 500 victims, according to some sources, he said.

During the second communist dictatorship, 700,000-800,000 people were taken to Gulag camps, of whom 300,000 never returned, Rétvári said.

A million criminal proceedings were launched, with mainly members of the peasantry and the working class being put on trial, he added, paying tribute to the 1,200 people who were executed and the 200,000 who fled the country in 1956.

Violence is a fundamental aspect of communism, he said, noting that a year ago, far-left Antifa groups had assaulted passers-by on the streets of Budapest.

“Extremists think they’re allowed to resort to violence to upset the social order,” the state secretary said.

He said that if communists failed to seize power, “they try to take a detour, by first seizing ideological power”.

The victims of communism need to be remembered so that history “becomes ingrained in our central European DNA, and to warn western Europeans … that far-left ideas must be rejected”, he added.

Rétvári said certain politicians tended to “look the other way” when it came to Antifa attacks or when other politicians use violence. Moderates reject violence, and those who defend it are always extremist political forces, he said.

Mária Schmidt, the director of the House of Terror Museum, said those who were born during the fall of communism in 1989-90 and are now parents themselves had a duty to pass on to their children their knowledge of how their grandparents and great-grandparents lived.

She said this was not easy, because some still had an interest in keeping children from learning the truth about communist dictatorships. The memorial day is needed to keep repeating the truth about the tragedy of the communist dictatorship, she added.

Réka Földváry Kiss, the head of the National Remembrance Committee, said the memorial day was not just about the personal tragedy of independent smallholder politician Béla Kovács, who was arrested and deported to the Soviet Union in 1947, but also about confronting the fact that if communists gain power, then anyone can end up being a victim.

Földváry Kiss, János Latorcai, deputy speaker of parliament, László Géza Sömjéni, head of the Freedom Fighters Foundation, and Csongor Csáky, head of the Rákóczi Association, laid a wreath at the Monument of National Martyrs.

Csaba Latorcai, state secretary at the public administration and regional development ministry, told a commemoration that “the spirit of communism haunts Europe again”, but this time communists were “backed up by millions of US dollars, rather than Soviet bayonets”.

In his speech by a memorial plaque at the Budapest Gyorskocsi Street prison used by the communist police, Latorcai said that in the 1940s, it was “foreign interests” that put communists in power.

“Hungarians didn’t want communism then, and they don’t want it now,” the state secretary said. He said the legacy and message of the victims of communism was that Hungary can only be built on Christian culture.

“It is only this culture that allows our children to also live in a free and sovereign country,” he added. Under a parliamentary decree, February 25 has been observed as a memorial day of martyrs of communism since 2000.

On this day in 1947, leader of the Independent Smallholders’ Party Béla Kovács was illegally detained and deported to the Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, Think-Tank Head Calls For Immediate Ceasefire 'At Brink' of Third World War

There is a need for ceasefire and peace, and the leaders best suited to achieve it are Donald Trump and Viktor Orbán, Miklós Szánthó, the head of Hungary’s Center for Fundamental Rights, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC, on Friday evening.

Szánthó said the “cult of woke” presented “a clear and present danger to our way of life and even our security”.

“Woke is just a new form of communism,” he said, adding that “it is a civilizational threat, too.”

“Mass illegal migration waters down the political power of those voters who still remember what the American dream and European prosperity once were. And with its gender ideology, the new left … targets children … undermines the family which is the cornerstone of our societies,” he said.

Szánthó said “gender ideology, cancel culture, rejection of the divine and illegal mass migration are insidious, but slow acting poisons that seek to paralyse the nation and the body politic”.

He said Hungary was “a pain in the liberals’ neck because we stand firm on God, homeland and the family, and we do not allow George Soros to interfere in our domestic issues by giving millions to his liberal comrades”, and repeated the slogan of the Hungarian right wing: “No migration! No gender! No war!”

Szánthó called for stopping the wokeists and setting up the global network of anti-globalist forces, which he said CPAC would also pursue at its next event in Budapest in April.

MTI Photo: Tamás Kovács

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