VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

Imre Gróf’s life story and his diary from the Russian battlefields

15 December 2015

Napkút Publishers invites the public to a book premiere on Tuesday, December 15th, at 5 PM at the Litea Bookstore (1014 Budapest, Hess András tér 4.). Co-written by Péter Gróf and Péter Szabó, Somogyi bakák szakaszparancsnokaként a Don-kanyarban (Platoon Commander of Somogy Infantrymen at the Don Bend) is a richly illustrated book. Sándor Szakály, professor of history and Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History, will introduce the book, and discuss it with the co-authors and István Erdélyi, who has written the book’s epilogue.

The 20th century abounded in tragic events, horrors and atrocities. It has been three decades since the heroes and victims of the Don Bend could speak before the public. Since then – primarily post-1990 – not only historical treatises but also individual accounts by the men who were there in the eastern theater have been written.  

Imre Gróf’s WWII battlefield diary – perhaps the most cited – takes us to the banks of the Don River in Russia, where he paid witness to all that occurred there. As a young man with both intelligence and determination, his battlefield diary is even today considered an interesting and extremely realistic work, rich in data and illustrated with pictures from the front.

Despite the fact that people today are unduly influenced by multimedia, interest in the events of the past still runs high, primarily among the ‘40s generation and up, among those who have not forgotten about those decades when political directives often interfered with the proper evaluation of a given historical epoch, especially of the events of the 20th century. We believe that we owe the memory of our parents and grandparents, and in the pursuit of historical truth, that those equipped to do so must uncover and publish, as a historical source for future generations, the legacies of those who witnessed the cataclysms of the 20th century.


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