PM Viktor Orbán paid tribute to ethnic Germans deported after World War II

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The entire nation suffered irreplaceable loss sixty-eight years ago due to the deportation of ethnic Germans from Hungary says the statement issued by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the anniversary of the tragic event.

The prime minister recalled when sixty-eight years ago on January 19, 1946 the boxcars left for Germany carrying German-Hungarians deportees displayed the Hungarian flag over the wagons saying, "Farewell, our country!"

(The deportation of ethnic Germans from Eastern-Europe was secretly planned before the war started; the idea was to create a region made up only by homogeneous nation states.)

"Each person is responsible for his/her own action. An entire nation can't be held accountable for the sins of certain individuals just because they speak the same language. But, there are still forces insisting that entire nations or groups of people can be stigmatized for the wrongdoings of certain individuals. Sins can't be corrected by committing more sins; alleged sins even less so, but certainly, not by imposing collective punishment," says the statement.

According to the prime minister, we need to develop a culture of remembering victims of crime. Remembrance and reconciliation should go hand in hand. Today, sixty-eight years after the deportation of Germans from Hungary elected representatives of ethnic Germans can use their own language in the Hungarian parliament.

"We will build a culture of remembrance, and will continue building the future of our country together," concluded the prime minister.

The Parliament declared January 19 as a Memorial Day remembering the deportation of ethnic Germans from Hungary. By the decision the parliament pays homage to the memory of those that were persecuted and deported on the basis of unjust accusation of collective guilt after World War II.

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