VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

24 September 2020

The (Visegrád) V4 Architectural Foundation and the VERITAS Institute jointly host our colleague László Orosz, whose lecture is entitled A Path Forward and Advocacy for the Germans of Hungary in post-Trianon Hungary.

Statistically speaking, by losing three-fourths of their population, of which they would lose an additional 13% (according to the 1930 census) over the course of the next decade, the trauma of Trianon impacted the ethnic Germans of Hungary more greatly than the Hungarians themselves. After 1918, the leaders of the Swabians, whose national awakening and ethnic movement evolved more slowly in comparison to the other ethnic groups in Greater Hungary, came to realize that their earlier differences of opinion had developed into a full-blown political dilemma within their own movement. How was it possible for the Germans of Hungary to reconcile their symbiotic relationship with the Hungarians, their traditional Hungarus identity and their patriotic stance towards the Hungarian state with the legitimate demands of their own ethnic self-defense? Was assimilation into the general population to be accepted as natural or resisted through aggressive dissimilation policies? Were policy decisions to be made via cooperation with the Hungarian government or through the patronage of an external power (Hitlerian Germany)? Dr. Orosz’s lecture tries to answer the essential questions of Swabian identity and ethnic advocacy during the Interwar Era.

The event is free to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. You may register at the following address: or by calling Beáta Albrecht at +36 70 389 8720.

Location: Klebelsberg Castle, Templom utca (Street) 12–14, Budapest

Date: 5:30 PM on (Thursday) September 24th, 2020


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