At 6 PM on November 8th, 2016, we will host the twentieth debate of the VERITAS Debate Nights series at the Budapest Business School. The title of the debate is Hungarian Call(s) to Arms in 1941. Sándor Szakály, Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History, and Lóránd Dombrády, military historian and former Director of the Institute and Museum of Military History, will familiarize the audience with the topic, while Gábor Ujváry, VERITAS Subject Team Leader, will lead the discussion.
At 12:10 PM on June 26th, 1941, a Soviet fighter plane opened fire on a Budapest-bound express train traveling between Tiszaborkút and Rahó. Then at 1:08 PM three unidentified planes dropped twenty-nine bombs, each weighing 105 kg, on the city of Kassa (Košice, SK). (A thirtieth bomb fell on the settlement of Enyicke [Haniska, SK] that failed to explode. All told, two bombs out of thirty were duds; both had been manufactured in the USSR.) News of the attack reached the General Staff of the Hungarian Armed Forces at 1:45 PM. Although the report spoke of unidentified aircraft, these were considered to be Soviet by the General Staff, and no investigation was forthcoming.