Statue commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of German - Hungarians has been unveiled in Soroksár

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Sunday's memorial started with a Holy Mass and continued with the unveiling of a statue commemorating to the deportation of ethnic Germans 70 years ago.

Fidesz Vice-President Gábor Kubatov had this to say at the unveiling ceremony: the deportation was a robbery in the guise of "collective guilt." The deportees' houses and land had been taken away and they had been expelled from their homeland said the Fidesz politician.

Kubatov stressed that within ten days, from Soroksár alone more than five thousand men, women and children were deported.

The Fidesz politician said the city of Soroksár remembered those who were expelled from their homes 70 years ago; we remember them in the spirit unity and kindness, because only love can heal the wounds caused by hatred.

Mayor of the City of Soroksár Antal Weinmann said the deportation of German - Hungarians after the second world war was a war crime and crime against humanity.

The statue called "Expulsion" made by sculptor Sándor Kligl.

After the unveiling ceremony, the sculptor remarked that the statue commemorates the deportation of ethnic Germans who came to Hungary hundreds of years ago as Germans with a bundle and left with a bundle as Hungarians. The statue depicts a woman an a child leaving their home with a few belongings. The monument has been erected in Heroes square, in Budapest XXIII district.

The deportation of German - Hungarians began on January 19, 1946. In the first wave, ethnic Germans were rounded up in the villages near Budapest, followed by Transdanubia, the Danube and the Tisza regions. The deportations ended on June 15, 1948. About 130-150 thousand people were shipped to the American occupation zone and about 50 thousand to the Soviet occupation zone.

Approximately, 220-250 thousand people were shipped to Germany.

Some 70 thousand (40 thousand according to other sources) ethnic Germans were deported to Soviet force labor camps from Hungary; about a third of them perished.

The Hungarian National Assembly designated January 19 a memorial day commemorating to the deportation of ethnic German; the date marks the day when the first cattle wagons left the country with the first shipment of ethnic Germans.

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