Memorial to the Expulsion of the Germans in Budaörs

From: Donautal-Magazin Jg. 30, Nr. 140 dated 1. August 2006, pp. 8-9.
Contributed by
Dr. Hans Gehl; translated by Nick Tullius.

For the first time, a central memorial and monument for the Germans expelled from Hungary were inaugurated in Budaörs (German: Wudersch) near Budapest, on the 18th of June 2006. Participating in the ceremony at the Old Cemetery of the once Hungary-German community were, among others, the president of the Hungarian Parliament KATALIN SZILI, the chairman of the German Selfadministration of Hungary, OTTO HEINEK and the German ambassador to  Hungary, Ursula Seiler-Albring.

The president of Hungary LASZLO SOLYOM, in a message read at the ceremony, apologized to the victims of the expulsion. Their families, and their descendants. During the years 1946 and 1947 about 200,000 ethnic Germans were expelled from Hungary, with the agreement of the victorious powers. Most of them found a new home in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. 

The expulsion, some of which were characterized by cruelty, started in Budaörs on 19  January 1946 when – as the chairman of  the local German Selfadministration remembered – "the first families were chased into the streets in the middle of the night and had only a few minutes to gather their belongings." 

With the memorial in the Old Cemetery of the Germans  from Budaörs, which was saved from destruction by renovation,  "remembrance received a concrete place, a point reference, which can also provide an occassion for the younger generation to ponder about the expulsion" said the German ambassador to  Hungary,  Seiler-Albring.    

The president of the Hungarian Parliament SZILI called the government decrees on the subject of the expulsion and expropriation of the German population of Hungary "documents of shame“. These decrees had been abolished after 1989 by the Hungarian Constitutional Court."  To make sure that history does not repeat itself, such a memento, such a monument of  reconciliation is necessary“ she said. In addition, she announced that the Hungarian Parliament will soon hold a day of commemoration for the expulsion of Germans from Hungary, which started 60 years ago.

[Published at www.dvhh.org, Oct. 2006]


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