Budapest, January 19 (MTI) – Every invasion of Hungary, whether it was from the west or the east, led to suffering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday, addressing a church commemoration in Budaors, outside Budapest, to remember Hungary’s ethnic Germans who were expelled from the country after the second world war.
Orban said 20th century history shows that whenever Hungary lost its independence, the state robbed and cast away its own citizens and made them vulnerable.
“We cannot allow the slightest chance for the emergence of a world in which similar laws and lists are created,” the prime minister said.
Disguised as relocation, seventy years ago Hungary and other European countries saw the deportation of their ethnic Germans and “there was not a single sober-minded person, not even among the allied powers,” who challenged the deportations, Orban said. The prime minister said “Europe capitulated” to both Nazism and “international socialism”. He said the “sad common denominator” between the two ideologies was that regimes under both were willing to “load entire peoples into cattle wagons”.
Orban said the deciding factor in Europe’s reunification was the desire to make sure that such atrocities can never be committed in the future. He added, however, that Europe’s security is gradually deteriorating and its way of life built on Christianity is at risk. Orban said the question today is not whether European nations could once again turn against one another but rather whether Europe would continue to exist.
Orban praised Hungary’s ethnic German community, saying that it forms an integral part of Hungarian culture. The government supports the local German community’s right to retain its identity, he insisted.
Hartmut Koschyk, the German government’s commissioner for emigration and ethnic minorities, said the memorial day honouring Hungary’s ethnic Germans is a “good European example” of confronting the past, and he thanked the Hungarian parliament, the government and the Hungarian people for observing it. Koschyk praised Hungary’s minority policy and said Hungarian-German relations are friendly and strong.