The Kossuth Museum in Cegléd is hosting the premiere for the self-published book Téglákba vésett történelem - A ceglédi fogolytábor története és téglafalainak feliratai (The Writing is on the [Prison] Wall: The History of the Cegléd Prison Camp). Mayor László Takáts will give opening remarks, to be followed by Sándor Szakály’s critique and recommendation.
Cegléd was the home of the largest Soviet POW and civilian prison camp in Central Europe. By May 1945 the former hussar and army barracks had been converted into a Soviet camp holding 130 thousand prisoners, five thousand of whom would perished as a result of the inhuman conditions in which they had been kept. To document their time there, many prisoners scraped messages into the soft bricks of their prison walls; most of these bricks are still with us today, providing a unique perspective into the past. Moreover, we may consider these bricks as messages meant for posterity. In most cases the messages included the prisoner’s name, the dates of captivity, sometimes where the prisoner had lived before captivity and just as often the circumstances of how he had fallen into captivity, which other prisons he had been incarcerated in, how he had been treated, his hopes and dreams, his suffering, his companions, his life and his thoughts on death. About one thousand five hundred such messages have survived the years, a considerable number in good condition. Through these messages a picture of the prison camp emerges, and of the sad lives kept within its walls. The Cegléd Prison Camp has been a historical site since 2016. Zalán Bognár, György Jójárt and Erzsébet Reznák have put together a remarkable book detailing its history.
Location: Kossuth Museum, Múzeum u. (Street) 5, Cegléd
Date: 5 PM on (Friday) November 17th, 2017