Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has marked the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin.
In a poignant letter sent to the Hildebrand Foundation, the prime minister wrote that he hoped “the peoples of Europe, who share the same values, will never be separated from each other ever again.”
PM Orbán’s letter was read out at an event held in the museum next to Checkpoint Charlie on Thursday to mark the important occasion.
“The fall of the Berlin Wall was the most important moment of the 20th century. It has shown that the German people and Europe have a common life, fate and culture that walls and ideologies can only divide temporarily,” PM Orbán said.
“The wish of the oppressed for liberty has found its way to the surface again and again. The greater the oppression, the more our courage and ingeniousness grew in finding the way to freedom.
“We Hungarians still remember with a fond gratitude the days when the first passage to freedom for East Germans opened on our land. This passage, or checkpoint has led not only into the free world, but ultimately to a united Germany and Europe,” the letter said.