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Speaking at the re-inauguration ceremony of the “Martyrs of the Nation” Memorial in downtown Budapest, Speaker of Parliament László Kövér remembered the victims of the communist rule of the 1918-1919 Council Republic.
While Hungarians remembered on October 23rd the martyrs of the 1956 Revolution – the everyday men and women, boys and girls who took up arms and made a heroic stand against Soviet military might on the streets of Budapest – the direct descendants of the Communist Party cadre that helped break the revolution were busy whitewashing their grandparents and – just for good measure – allying themselves with Hungary’s anti-Semitic, far-right in a shameful maneuver for political power.
The head of the PM’s Office has highlighted that the fall of communism in 1989 has not been sufficiently addressed in art, therefore 21st-century media will be “indispensable” in helping to revive the memories of the events that led to the regime change.
Under Soviet occupation, November 7 was a compulsory holiday in Hungary. Since the end of communism and the re-birth of a free Hungary, we remember the one hundred million victims of communism. In her recent piece in the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum uses November 7 as an opportunity to disparage democratic political parties and leaders – including Prime Minister Orbán – whom she dislikes, bizarrely comparing them to Bolsheviks.
As a sometimes vocal critic of certain EU policies and a leading figure in the move to strengthen borders, limit immigration and oppose pro-migration forces, Prime Minister Orbán has become a target of some sharp criticism. That’s to be expected, but among Prime Minister Orbán’s detractors, there is a special group on the extreme end of the spectrum that harbor an irrational fear and contempt.
PM Orbán wrote that “a true representative of Hungarian freedom and European Christian culture has passed away. During his one hundred years, he bravely demonstrated that there is freedom where the spirit of God is present: in church and the classroom just as in prison and the forced labor camp"