Communism has no heroes, only victims
Every year, November 25: Hungarians commemorate victims deported to Soviet 'Gulag' camps. - "Communism is the most barbaric form of dictatorship affecting the largest number of countries. It left behind more than a hundred million people dead world-wide, and in Hungary alone it detrimentally and dramatically affected more than 800,000 people"
“Communism has no heroes, only victims”, the Minister of State for International Communication and Relations of the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister stated on Monday in Budapest on the occasion of the memorial day of Soviet-deported Hungarian political prisoners and forced labourers, as kormany.hu reports.
At the event held at the memorial of the victims of Soviet occupation in the 3rd district, Zoltán Kovács said it is a duty to remember the victims year after year, and even day after day as if we fail to do so, “we commit the most fundamental sin, the sin of omission”. Without remembering “it is impossible to build proud and integral communities that preserve their own traditions and consistently adhere to them,” he stressed.
November 25 was declared a day for remembering political prisoners and forced labourers deported to the Soviet Union, because 1,500 political prisoners returned to Hungary from the Soviet Union from forced labour “Gulag” camps and from political exile on this day in 1953.
Communism, “the most barbaric form of dictatorship affecting the largest number of countries” left behind more than a hundred million people dead world-wide, and in Hungary alone it tragically affected more than 800,000 people, Mr Kovács recalled.
Turning to the present day, the Minister of State warned that the underlying ideology that laid the foundations for communism “is undergoing a renaissance today in many places around the world which see themselves as western and enlightened”.
“It is our duty and task to remember, on the memorial days and whenever we can, those who sacrificed their lives, livelihoods and families in the hope of a more beautiful Hungarian future”
Zoltán Kovács highlighted in agreement with Erzsébet Menczer, President of the Organisation of Soviet-Deported Hungarian Political Prisoners and Forced Labourers who said “It is our duty to remember and to remind others until the end of time”.