On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Hungarian parliamentary elections, on November 4th, 2015, the Remembrance Point Museum, the National Archives of Hungary and the Csongrád County Archives together organized a conference on the “free and democratic” election’s national and local impact at the Remembrance Point. Csilla Szenti, Director of the Archives at the Hódmezővásárhely branch of the Csongrád County Archives, welcomed the participants, while Péter Miklós, the Remembrance Point’s Institutional Director, opened the conference. János Sáringer, Senior Research Fellow at the VERITAS Research Institute for History, gave the first lecture and talked about the cauldron the country found itself caught in in 1944-45, while Eszter Zsófia Tóth, Senior Research Fellow at VERITAS as well, discussed the roles that women played and how their lives were shaped in the post-WWII period.
Seventy years ago, on November 4th, 1945, what on the surface appeared to be the first democratic postwar parliamentary elections were held in Hungary. Nearly five million people cast their votes, with the Independent Smallholders Party taking 57.03% of the vote, winning an outright majority. Despite the results of the election, the National Independence Front, by consolidating the “coalition parties”, made the decision to form a ruling government that reflected the will of the occupying Soviets. As a result the Ministry of the Interior (and thus all law enforcement), as well as all the other important ministries, fell under communist control.