On June 16th, 2000, the Hungarian National Assembly declared February 25th as the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism, for it was on that day in 1947 that Béla Kovács, the leader of the Hungarian Smallholders Party, was arrested on trumped-up charges by communist authorities and later sentenced to life imprisonment in the Soviet Union. Kóvács would end up spending nine years in Soviet prisons and labor camps before being released in 1956.
The local government of Sopron wishes to commemorate the Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism with a wreath laying, the unveiling of a memorial plaque, the opening of an exhibition and the hosting of a conference titled “Western Hungary Victims of the Gulag and the Events of the Time”. Mayor Tamás Fodor will give welcoming remarks. Barbara Bank of the Committee of National Remembrance and Sándor Szakály of the VERITAS Research Institute for History have been invited to speak.
Location of the first event: Új Szent Mihály Cemetary, Pozsonyi út 1, Sopron
Date: 3:30 PM on (Saturday) February 25th, 2017