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On July 23rd, 2019, Valerie Hopkins, correspondent of the Financial Times, contacted the VERITAS Institute with a short list of questions related to the mission of the Institute and its recent merger with the 1956 Institute. The Q&A and her article can be found here and here.

On June 29th, 2019, on the occasion of the 125th and 75th anniversaries of the birth and death of Henryk Slawik, respectively, the 45th anniversary of the death of József Antall, Sr. and the return of national sovereignty to Hungary under the leadership of his son József Antall, the Association of Friends of József Antall held a commemorative event in Doba. Doba Mayor Zoltán Horváth gave welcoming remarks, which were followed by a ceremonial speech by György Lövey, childhood friend of József Antall. The VERITAS Institute was represented by Péter Bertalan, who laid a wreath at the base of the Antall memorial.

Over the course of eight years, János Kristóf Murádin, a Hungarian historian who lives in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca, RO) and teaches at Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (a partner institution of the VERITAS Institute), combed through countless libraries and archives in order to paint a comprehensive and authentic picture of the history of the Transylvanian Party (HTP).* The book that has resulted from Murádin’s meticulous work is entitled All for Transylvania! History of theTransylvanian Party from 1940 and 1944, the book premiere for which was held in Kolozsvár on May 23rd, 2019.

* After the Second Vienna Award, when the northern half of Transylvania was returned to Hungary, the HTP represented the political interests of the Transylvanian Hungarians in the Hungarian Parliament.

Congratulations to Gábor Hollósi, whose work Symbol or Concept? An Overview of the Doctrine of the Holy Crown of Hungary has been published in the latest edition (Spring–Fall 2018) of the Hungarian Studies Review, the biannual academic journal of the Hungarian Studies Association, based in Canada.

In his New York Times piece entitled A Friend to Israel, and to Bigots: Viktor Orban’s ‘Double Game’ on Anti-Semitism, Patrick Kingsley references the VERITAS Institute and Director Sándor Szakály on Miklós Horthy:

“[Director of the VERITAS Research Institute and Archives] Sandor Szakaly has said that the Horthy regime was legally justified in deporting 18,000 Hungarian Jews in 1941 who were later massacred in Ukraine.”

This is not the first time Mr. Kingsley has taken Dr. Szakály’s statement out of historical context.

In March 2018, a few weeks before publication of his article How Viktor Orban Bends Hungarian Society to His Will, Mr. Kingsley emailed Dr. Szakály a number of questions, to which Dr. Szakály provided detailed answers in English. In his article, however, Mr. Kingsley ignored Dr. Szakály’s feedback, and instead rendered a portrayal that distorted reality. In the interests of accuracy, the reader may find the questions and Dr. Szakály’s answers in the PDF linked here.

Comment: The following can be read from Sándor Szakály’s MTI interview conducted on January 17th, 2014: “...in contrast to the general image of Hungary in WWII, it should also be noted that truly significant suffering by Hungarian Jewry occurred upon the occupation of Hungary by German troops on March 19th, 1944, from which point the sovereignty of the country was severely limited. He suggested that several historians had come to the conclusion that the first deportation from Hungary during WWII had taken place in Kaminits-Podilskiy in 1941, but that in his opinion this action could be instead referred to as an immigration procedure, for those without Hungarian citizenship were sent there. He also emphasized that when it became known that many of the deportees had been killed, Hungarian Minister of the Interior Ferenc Keresztes-Fischer allowed repatriation to Hungary on their behalf.”

    

On January 17th, 2019, Joanna Kakissis of NPR (National Public Radio) conducted an extensive interview with VERITAS Director Sándor Szakály. In her article “Hungary's New Holocaust Museum Isn't Open Yet, But It's Already Causing Concern”, Ms. Kakissis quotes Dr. Szakály as follows: "When [Regent Miklós] Horthy found out what was happening, he stopped the deportations [of the Jews] and wrote a letter to Hitler saying this is unacceptable." The full article is available here

Minister of Human Capacities Miklós Kásler has announced that Sándor Szakály and Endre Marinovich have received 5-year extensions at the helm of the VERITAS Research Institute for History. We congratulate both men!

On the occasion of his seventieth birthday, Tibor Zinner’s friends, colleagues and pupils have honored him with the publication of Zinner 70. Egy élet az (i)gazságszolgáltatás kutatásának szolgálatában (Zinner at 70: A Life Dedicated to Researching Justice [and Villainy]), an encomium jointly edited by Veronika Fodor, Patrícia Gecsényi, Gábor Hollósi, Dávid Kiss, Krisztina Baán-Rácz and János Rácz. The book has been jointly published by the Írott Szó Foundation and Magyar Napló. Historian Lajos Izsák and Theologian of the Order of St. Benedict Ádám Somorja have made laudatory speeches.

The Curia of Hungary organizes a conference titled 65 éves a Bírósági Határozatok (65 Years of Court Decisions). Tibor Zinner represents the VERITAS Research Institute for History at the event. The title of his presentation is Staying on the Stalinist Road Following Stalin’s Death: Apropos of a Withheld Theoretical Supreme Court Decision.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad (October 6th, 1849), the National Petőfi Sándor Association and the Petőfi Birth Place and Memorial Museum jointly organize a commemoration. As part of the ceremonies, an exhibition dedicated to the Poles who fought in the 1848 Hungarian Revolution is unveiled; Róbert Hermann moderates a roundtable discussion; and István Pelyach, a historian from Szeged, gives the keynote address. Location: Petőfi Birth Place and Memorial Museum, Petőfi ter (Square), Kiskőrös. Date: 4:30 PM on (Saturday) October 6th, 2018

On the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, the Hungarian government extended birthday greetings to Péter Boross at the Hungarian Parliament. Prime Minister in 1993–94, Péter Boross is the current Chairman of the Board of Advisers for the VERITAS Research Institute for History. He turned ninety years old on August 27th, 2018.

On the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the culmination of WWI, the mayor’s office in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc, RO) has released The Szekler Land and the Great War: An Academic Volume on the Occasion of the Centenary of World War I. (Editor: Zsolt Orbán, Csíkszereda Publishing, Csíkszereda, 2018) Gábor Ujváry’s work The Role of Transylvania in Hungarian Cultural Policy during the First Half of the 20th Century appears in the new book.  

VERITAS Director Sándor Szakály has been recognized for his outstanding professional contributions by the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI).

Attached below is a photograph of the certificate Dr. Szakály has received from EMMI Minister Miklós Kásler.

 

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Róbert Hermann, Deputy Head Academic of the Institute and Museum of Military History and Subject Team Leader at the VERITAS Research Institute for History, has been awarded díszpolgárság (honorary citizenship) of the XII District of Budapest. Dr. Hermann receives his honor at a ceremony hosted by the city council of the XII District at the MOM Cultural Center (Csörsz utca [Street] 18, Budapest) at 6 PM on (Thursday) May 31st, 2018.

 

Dr. Sándor Szakály will be at the Magyar Napló booth at the 25th International Book Festival signing copies of Múltunkról és jelenünkről (On our Past and Present), a new book of assorted interviews with him dating from 2002 to 2017.

Location: MILLENÁRIS, Kis Rókus u. (Street) 16–20, Budapest

Date: 5 PM on (Thursday) April 19th, 2018

Bookfest

 

Per index.hu: "The New York Times has provided an all-encompassing look at the Orbán regime, which is in itself interesting, for it reveals how one of the most influential and prestigious newspapers in the world views Hungary".

In his article How Viktor Orban Bends Hungarian Society to His Will, Patrick Kingsley refers to the VERITAS Institute and Director Sándor Szakály. A few weeks before publication of his article, Mr. Kingsley emailed Dr. Szakály a number of questions, to which Dr. Szakály provided detailed answers in English. In his article, however, Mr. Kingsley ignored Dr. Szakály’s feedback, and instead rendered a portrayal that distorted reality. In the interests of accuracy, the reader may find the questions and Dr. Szakály’s answers in the PDF linked here.

Comment: The following can be read from Sándor Szakály’s MTI interview conducted on January 17th, 2014: “...in contrast to the general image of Hungary in WWII, it should also be noted that truly significant suffering by Hungarian Jewry occurred upon the occupation of Hungary by German troops on March 19th, 1944, from which point the sovereignty of the country was severely limited. He suggested that several historians had come to the conclusion that the first deportation from Hungary during WWII had taken place in Kaminits-Podilskiy in 1941, but that in his opinion this action could be instead referred to as an immigration procedure, for those without Hungarian citizenship were sent there. He also emphasized that when it became known that many of the deportees had been killed, Hungarian Minister of the Interior Ferenc Keresztes-Fischer allowed repatriation to Hungary on their behalf.”