At 11 AM on January 19th, 2016, which is the day that has been set aside to remember the Germans of Hungary who were deported and expelled in the wake of WWII, an academic conference about the deportations will be held at the Remembrance Point Museum in Hódmezővásárhely. Tibor Zinner, Subject Team Leader at the VERITAS Research Institute for History, will be among the invited speakers.
In November 2012 the Hungarian National Assembly declared January 19th as the day the nation would remember the deportations and expulsion of the Germans of Hungary. As victims of collective guilt, the Germans of Hungary had been persecuted, dispossessed and eventually deported. On January 19th, 1946, the first train carrying deported Germans had departed from Budaörs. By summer 1946, nearly 110 thousand people had been forced to leave Hungary, and by June 1948, the number of deportees had surpassed two hundred thousand.
The presenters will examine not only the general circumstances of the Germans of Hungary and the history of their deportation, but also discuss the themes of integration, loss of ethnic identity and the governments’ treatment of various minority groups.