VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

“Better to die with honor than to live in shame.”

28 September 2018


A commemoration marking the sixtieth anniversary of Zoltán Szobonya’s death takes place in Kecskemét. A lawyer by training, Szobonya led the Hungarian freedom fighters in Jánoshalma and Mélykút (in Bács-Kiskun County). He was executed in prison at the age of 48, dying as a martyr for his homeland.

The commemoration kicks off at 12:30 with a wreath laying at the memorial stone on the street that bears Szobonya’s name. Csilla Szobonya-Kiss (Szobonya’s daughter) and Kornél Mák, Kecskemét Deputy Mayor, make opening remarks.

At 2 PM, Barbara Bank, historian of the Committee of National Remembrance, speaks from County Hall (Deák Ferenc Square 3), which is followed at 4 PM by the christening of the memorial plaque on the wall of the Bács-Kiskun County Prison (Mátyási Street 2), where Sándor Szakály, Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History, makes a commemorative speech.

The concluding event of the day is the bestowing of the Dr. Zoltán Szobonya commemorative medal on Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, which Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, accepts on his behalf.