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Hungary Past and Present

Csongrád Memorial Plaque to Honor Women Abused in WWII

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Csongrád Memorial Plaque to Honor Women Abused in WWII

We all know that war is hell, and World War II was no exception.  Not only were many men killed on the front, but the women and girls left behind were physically and psychologically ruined by the Soviet troops that overran the country.  The women and girls of Csongrád – some 260 of whom  reported such abuse – were not the only ones who underwent this fate, but that city is the first in all of Europe to have such a memorial. 

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Largest Collection of Metal Icons

Icon of Protection of Mary
Largest Collection of Metal Icons

”What the homily is for the ear, the icon shows to the eye in silence”, said St. Basil, founder of Eastern monasticism.  A collection of such ”visual homilies” may be seen at the Sziklatemplom (Cave Church) in Buda.

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The Story of 5 Villages
The Story of 5 Villages

Established in the Bukovina, north of Moldavia by Székely villagers fleeing from Austrian persecution in the 18th century, the inhabitants of five villages were resettled in Bácska (southern Hungary) in 1941, in places abandoned by the Serbs when that area was returned to Hungary.  Once the Yugoslav troops advanced in 1944, they fled from there and were resettled after the war once again, this time in Tolna and Baranya Counties.

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Erika Papp Faber