As the fall of communism in 1989 has not been sufficiently addressed in art, 21st-century media will be “indispensable” in helping to revive the memories of the events that led to the regime change, the head of the PM’s Office has said.
In the thirty years since the transition to democracy, there has been a general failure to properly analyse the events of 1989, Gergely Gulyás said at a roundtable discussion in Cluj (Kolozsvár), Romania. Further, works of art such as films that might have brought the events of the regime change to the “broader masses” and young people have yet to be made, he added. Meanwhile, Gulyás said Hungary had failed to punish the perpetrators of communist-era crimes. Comparing the histories of central European countries, he said one upside, however, was that the prolonged influence of the communist secret services after the fall of the regime in Romania had been avoided in Hungary.
Attorney András Schiffer, a former leader of Hungary’s green LMP party, said it was “totally legitimate” to criticise the current regimes, adding, at the same time, that comparing them to the communist regime was inappropriate, pointing out that those aggrieved by the state may seek legal remedy, go public with their stories or leave the country.