Before the Hungarian government opened the border, which allowed East German refugees to make their way to the free West, the Hungarian Red Cross and the German Red Cross jointly provided humanitarian relief to them at camps in Csillebérc and Zánka. At our event entitled September 11th, 1989: Road to the Free World, former employees of those two organizations provide their perspectives on what happened thirty years ago. They are preceded by historians Ádám Masát (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Péter Bertalan (VERITAS Institute), whose lectures are entitled Introductory Thoughts and Global Political Dimensions of the Reunification of Germany, respectively.
The participants of the roundtable discussion are: András Kovács (onetime head of Hungarian Red Cross Refugee Assistance), Ignac Moser (Head of the Deutsches Roteskreuz Einsatzleiter für Ungarn [German Red Cross in Hungary]), Balázs Nováky (Chief of Staff of the Hungarian Border Patrol [HBP], first in line to the commander of the HBP in 1989), Dieter Sprich (Head of the Deutsches Roteskreuz Lagerleiter für Csillebérc [German Red Cross Camp in Csillebérc]) and Gyula Somlai (who worked for the Hungarian Red Cross in 1989). The moderators are Dávid Kiss and Eszter Zsófia Tóth (both of the VERITAS Institute).
Location: VERITAS Research Institute and Archives, Zsil utca (Street) 2–4, Budapest
Date: 5 PM on (Tuesday) September 17th, 2019
Source of Photo: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung