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By giving their lives and freedom for their country, the freedom fighters of 1956 made the ultimate sacrifice one could make for their homeland, prime minister told a state commemoration of Hungary’s anti-Soviet uprising of 1956 at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Orbán said neither Europe nor Hungary could survive if they turned against themselves and went against everything “keeping them alive”, if they turned against their own pasts and heroes or if they left behind the way of life founded on the ideas of freedom, independence and Christian fraternity which he said had made Europe and with it Hungary the “most successful continent in history”.
He said history was a constant challenge and an “aptitude test” and the fate of a people, the future of a nation and survival of a state depended on the answers they gave. “It is easy to consider it the natural state of things that we have an independent and free homeland founded on noble ideals but this country wasn’t gifted to us,” Orbán added. The prime minister said that with a “historic performance whose moral impact could be felt across the Earth”, the Hungarian nation had “moved up to a higher class” in the autumn of 1956. He said the revolutionaries had won because they had left behind a legacy of “the greatness of courage and heroism”. Orbán said that over the course of a thousand years, Hungarians had learned to always “look to what is lasting and unchanging: God, the homeland and the family”. “We couldn’t choose a better guiding star today, either,” he said.