VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

Documentary premier in Vienna

18 May 2015

On May 18th, at 7 PM, Balázs Ravasz’s Hungarian documentary, The Forgotten Soldier, will make its Austrian premiere in the Duna Hall of the Institute of Hungarian Historical Research in Vienna (Collegium Hungaricum, 1020 Wien, Hollandstr. 4.).

May 8th marked the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. The last returning P.O.W. was a Hungarian man – András Toma. His homecoming on August 11th, 2000, from Russia – after spending nearly fifty-six years as a prisoner – was a world news event. The documentary tells his remarkable story. For fifty-three years, he had been kept in a Soviet psychiatric hospital as a patient whose background no one had known. When it turned out that he was Hungarian, he was transported home with the help of psychiatrists from Hungary. It took a very long time for him to open up and talk once again. András Toma’s shocking story is part of our cultural heritage.
We would like to recommend THE FORGOTTEN SOLDIER, the 60-minute Hungarian documentary. A panel discussion with Balázs Ravasz, the documentary’s director; Dr. Sándor Szakály, Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History; and Dr. Csaba Szabó will follow the screening of the film.


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