For us to understand the difficulties Hungary has been going through since 1989, first we need to analyse life under Soviet occupation and how it impacted a nation that already[…]
As part of The Budapest Times’ coverage of Holocaust Memorial Year 2014, we are publishing a four-part series of works of historical recollection from 1944 called “Children are the Light”[…]
On a Sunday night in May 1935, Victor Lustig was strolling down Broadway on New York’s Upper West Side. At first, the Secret Service agents couldn’t be sure it was[…]
There were two firsts at the commemoration in Kapisztrán tér in the Buda Castle District on Monday to mark the 67th anniversary of the breakout of the last German occupiers of Budapest and their remaining Hungarian allies, and the end of the battle for Budapest. The Hungarian Defence Ministry was officially represented for the first time and the embassies of several European Union member states took part.
Remembrance of the Siege of Budapest was dictated by the state party until 1990. I myself can still remember well those times when Young Pioneers had to recite the story of the good-natured Soviet soldiers who distributed food and rescued young women. The regime, which by then was in the process of liberalisation, permitted a public talk by the Bern-based historian Peter Gosztonyi in 1986 contesting the “liberation theory” but such events were the exception.
Raoul Wallenberg was born 100 years ago in August 1912 in Kappsta, Sweden. He disappeared on 17 January 67 years ago. The date and circumstances of his death remain shrouded in mystery. What is certain, however, is that the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest from deportation and death will never be forgotten in Sweden, Hungary and Israel in particular.
Professor Dr. Hans Mommsen tackled aspects of Germany’s attempts to face its Nazi past when he delivered a lecture titled “Coming to terms with the Nazi past in the Federal Republic of Germany. Burden and Obligation” at Andrássy University last Tuesday.