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HOUSE SPEAKER MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORGANISATION OF FORMER HUNGARIAN PRISONERS IN SOVIET UNION

 

The organisation of former Hungarian prisoners and forced labourers in the Soviet Union (Szorakész) keeps national remembrance alive and sets an example of faith, patriotism and human decency, Speaker of Parliament László Kövér told a meeting marking the 30th anniversary of the organisation’s establishment in Siofok, in western Hungary. In his address, Kövér said Gusztáv Menczer, the founder of Szorakész, had shown that the “secret” to surviving the Gulag was faith. “This — faith in God and faith that he gave us a homeland and family so we could preserve it — is also the secret to shaping a humanly liveable future in the 21st century,” he said. The speaker said it was important to base all forms of individual and community “self-protection” on this faith in the future, too. “Self-protection is needed again today because although we had hoped for thirty years that the era of communism — one of the most violent eras of history — would be over for good, authoritarian aspirations manifesting in intellectual and physical violence have emerged once again,” Kövér said.