Budapest, May 21 (MTI) – Hungary’s Crimes of Communism Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organised in Budapest on Thursday a symposium on the Iron Curtain.
In his address to the conference, Bence Retvari, state secretary at the human resources ministry, said the Iron Curtain imprisoned its peoples. “The Communists effectively admitted that these nations are imprisoned, they have no freedom, and people would rather live in another country, especially in the West,” he said.
Historian Maria Schmidt, head of the House of Terror Museum, said that the Iron Curtain was “one thousand kilometre evidence” that for the communist dictatorship it was “not enough to exercise mind-control; they wanted to appropriate us physically, they wanted to prevent us from escaping. The curtain was a message to we prisoners of the system, from beginning to end”, she said.