The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated on 27th January 1945 by troops of the First Ukrainian Front. The United Nations Organization declared this day International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Despite being several hundreds of kilometers from our country,
Auschwitz forms part of Hungarian history. This death camp was the site
of the inhuman suffering, humiliation and the death of close to half a
million of our compatriots.
Seventy years ago, following the German occupation of our country in
1944, the will of Hitler’s Nazi Germany seemed to be fulfilled by the
Nazi governors and the Hungarian state authorities collaborating with
them. Within barely half a year they mercilessly executed their program
of creating ghettos and deported the entire Hungarian Jewry living in
We shall never forget that in that tragic year seventy years ago, an
endless convoy of death trains left the Hungarian territories for Nazi
concentration camps. We shall never forget either that several hundreds
of thousands of our fellow citizens herded into ghettos would have also
suffered the same fate, had the war evolved according to the intents of
Hitler’s Germany and its Arrow Cross puppets.
The tragedy of Hungarian Jews is the pain and the irreplaceable loss of our entire political nation.
Therefore I call on Hungarian radios and televisions, asking them to
contribute within their means to help us observe 70 seconds of silent
mourning at 7 PM on 27th January 2014 in memory of our innocently slain
Let this silence be common mourning, the silence of the shared pain felt for our compatriots.
By honoring the hundreds of thousands of innocent children, elderly,
women and men let us express the unity and the resolve of our nation
that the citizens of the free and democratic Hungary will not identify
with any inhuman concept or ideology, nor with those, who committed
unredeemable sins against their fellow citizens in the name of the
Hungarian state during the course of our 20th century history.
I believe that the power of the shared silence of our silent respect
will help us recognize the good in each other and to condemn evil
President of the Republic of Hungary
Source : keh.hu