Budapest, November 9 (MTI) – President Janos Ader addressed a commemoration marking the 70th death anniversary of poet and Holocaust victim Miklos Radnoti in north-western Hungary today.
A forced labourer in 1944, Radnoti was shot dead by guards along with 21 inmates during a death march on November 10 near the village of Abda. All of them were buried in a mass grave.
“We must unambiguously declare that it is a shame that there were times when Hungary’s leaders felt themselves empowered to turn their back on our fellow citizens who were part of our nation,” Ader said at the poet’s memorial.
“We will never forgive those who turned their arms against innocent people. We regard them traitors who betrayed the ideal of national unity,” he added.
Ader said that even if Radnoti’s life had been taken away, nothing had been taken away from all what had made him a poet, a Hungarian citizen and man with a faith.
Photo: MTI – Csaba Krizsan