At 6 PM on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, as part of the Csillaghegyi Esték (Csillaghegy Nights) series, Sándor Szakály, historian and Director of the VERITAS Research Institute for History, will make a presentation at the Csillaghegy Reformed Church.
In his speech Dr. Szakály will take a look at what leverage – if any – the Hungarian government had in terms of foreign policy during the interwar period. Was there any realistic alternative to the pacts with Germany and Italy? Could Hungary have somehow stayed out of the war? He will also explain why, once the war had begun, Hungary could not get out in time.
If there was no alternative to war, what responsibility did the era’s great powers bear, especially the United States, Great Britain and Stalin’s Soviet Union? If the Hungarian political leadership (for example, Horthy, Gömbös, Imrédy and Bárdossy) really had no leverage, how can we speak today of accountability?