VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

Sándor Szakály’s speech in Jászkisér

12 January 2016

On January 12th, 2016, on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the breakthrough at the Don Bend, a commemoration was held in the Jászkisér Cultural Center, where Sándor Szakály, Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History, gave a speech. The Jazyges Archery Association and the Búzavirág Folk Group also participated in the remembrance.

Those gathered paid their respects to the Hungarian veterans who had sacrificed their lives in a hopeless battle, remembering also the soldiers who had returned to Hungary, but, because of the war against the Soviet Union, had been meet with contempt and persecution.

Pressured by Germany, the 2nd Hungarian Army had entered the eastern theater in April-June 1942, where bloody battles were fought against the Soviet Red Army in summer and autumn 1942. In January 1943 Colonel General Gusztáv Jány’s troops could not withstand the Red Army’s attack and suffered significant losses.

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