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Countess Ilona Gyulai Edelsheim has become honorary citizen of Budapest castle district

Sunday, May 22, 2011


May 21st is First District Day. In the Town Hall of Buda castle district officials granted honorary citizenship to Countess Ilona Gyulai Edelsheim, István Horthy's widow.

Countess Ilona Gyulai Edelsheim married to István Horthy, Miklós Horthy's son, in 1940. István Horthy died on August 19, 1942 in a plane crash in the Russian front. The Saturday event has been attended by the Countess as well as her son and daughter-in-law.

Gábor Tamás Nagy, Fidesz district mayor and MP said honorary citizenship title is not only a recognition, but also a reassessment of history, much of which is based on deception, a fraudulent basis that are used to call people collaborators and anti-Semites.

Countess Ilona Gyulai Edelsheim worked as a volunteer nurse in the Second World War, then in exile she supported the Horthy family and her entire life was dedicated to charity.

Since 1995, First District honorary citizenship has been awarded to several distinguished individuals, among them Olympic champion swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi, legendary footballer Ferenc Puskás and Szekely-Hungarian writer and poet, Sándor Kányádi.

(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)

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