Budapest, June 28 (MTI) – Zsolt Németh, the head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, praised the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Poznan after opening an exhibition entitled “Poland-Hungary. History and Remembrance” in the lower house of the Polish parliament on Tuesday.
The exhibition gives an unparalleled depiction of the Hungarian and Polish uprisings of 1956, Németh told MTI.
The revolution that erupted in Poznan 60 years ago today played a decisive role in the outbreak of the one in Budapest, he said, adding that “Budapest would not have been Budapest without Poznan.”
Németh said one of the messages of 1956 was the need to support Ukraine, whose territorial integrity and sovereignty he said were under threat. But it is also important to see that just as Moscow’s dictatorship was unacceptable in the communist era, the “democratic deficit” of Brussels is also unacceptable today, he added.
Meanwhile, Polish Ambassador Roman Kowalski told public news channel M1 that the Hungarian and Polish revolutions of 1956 marked the start of the road to a new, united Europe.
After Budapest’s revolt in 1956, most of the aid sent to Hungary came from Poland, he said, adding that the country’s support was such a significant gesture at the time that Poland’s leadership had to take note of it. Hungary and Poland’s friendship and empathy for each other and their desire for freedom are traditions that need to be talked about even after 60 years, the ambassador said.
Hungarian President János Áder is scheduled to attend state commemorations of the revolution’s 60th anniversary in Poznan later on Tuesday.