Brisbane (MTI) – Hungarian President János Áder attended a festive church service in Brisbane on Saturday to mark the 65th anniversary of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Australia.
“For the diaspora, the church is also a fortress of the mother tongue and national sentiment like the one-time fortified churches throughout the Carpathian Basin. This is how Hungarian immigrants arriving in Australia must have felt,” he said.
“It was an immeasurable loss for Hungary that hundreds of thousands of Hungarians had left their native land in several waves after the Second World War and the 1956 Revolution,” he said.
“Those who started a new life elsewhere enhanced the good reputation of the Hungarian nation all over the world, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo, from Toronto to Melbourne, from Oslo to Brisbane. They were the ones who kept the spirit of 1956, the idea of a free Hungary alive when their native land, exposed to the terror of lies, was forced to remain silent,” the president said.