VERITAS Research Institute and Archives

Statue unveiling in Katowice

21 March 2015

Id. Antall József és Henryk Slawik emlékére

On March 21st, 2015, at 11:20 in the morning, Bronisław Komorowski, the president of Poland, and János Áder, the president of Hungary, will unveil the statues of Henryk Sławik and József Antall in a ceremony in front of the International Conference Center building in Katowice. A delegation from the VERITAS Research Institute for History, led by Endre Marinovich, Deputy Director, shall lay a wreath in honor of the two men.

József Antall Sr. (1896-1974) was department head at the Ministry of the Interior and government commissioner responsible for refugees between 1939 and 1944. In this capacity he dealt with several thousand Polish refugees, sheltering them in Hungary, as well as allowing the soldiers among them to travel on to join the Polish Legion led by General Wladyslaw Sikorski. For his humanitarian rescue efforts Antall received recognition and numerous international awards. His memory is held in high esteem by the Polish people.

Henryk Slawik (1894-1944), who is remembered as the Polish Raoul Wallenberg, was one of the first refugees to arrive in Hungary, where he endeavored as a commissioner of the Polish Government in Exile. Working together with József Antall Sr. he continuously carried out rescue efforts. Even after his arrest in 1944, he refused to betray József Antall Sr., whose family was hiding his daughter. Slawik died as a prisoner of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

 

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