Népszava, January 13, 2015 The Hungarian Federation of Resistance Fighters and Antifascists (MEASZ) suggested already in December of last year that May 9th, the day of the end of WWII in Europe, should be declared as a national memorial day. The organization requested that on the 70th anniversary of the victory over the Hitler-fascism there should be a remembrance to those who by sacrificing their lives fought against the former regime. One of the ministers, János Lázár, responded by saying that on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Holocaust, the year of 2014 was declared as a memorial year of the victims. According to Vilmos Hanti, the president of MEASZ, the victims and the resistance fighters should however not be ‘merged’ into one another. The Hungarian government goes against the values of Europe and even of Russia by not wanting to worthily remember and commemorate the antifascist resistance fighters’ sacrifice for the independence and liberty of the country – said Vilmos Hanti. He mentioned how those who have fought against fascism during the Second World War were awarded medals in many of the continent’s countries, moreover, several Hungarian resistance fighters received acknowledgements in other countries, whereas here at home hardly anybody even remembers their names. Young people are not aware of what they have done and achieved, and the Orbán government instead is rather strengthening the spirituality of the Horthy–era, whereupon the extremists have strengthened. In its open letter sent to the government, MEASZ asked that on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the WWII in Europe there should be more discussions and speeches about the importance of the victory over the Hitler-fascism; it is necessary to remember the antifascist resistance fighters, to realistically portray in the schools what has happened during those times, and to declare the policies of that era as guilty, which sent hundreds of thousands of Hungarians to “the butchery of war”. They have also recommended that May 9th should be declared as a national memorial day. According to the Federation exclusion, racism, anti-Semitism are still a grave threat to the society, that is why they have asked the government to restrain itself in all times from the far right organizations and from their populist, nationalist manifestations. They have also suggested to the government to establish a memorial house in which the fight of the former resistance fighters could be represented and commemorated. János Lázár, the leader of the Office of the Prime Minister stated in his answer that on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust the government declared the year of 2014 a memorial year of the victims in order for the whole country to be able to bow its head to the victims. He held meetings with the Roundtable of the Jewish Community and stated that they have held conferences and remembrances, which helped to face the consequences of the past. The Roma Holocaust has also not been forgotten and November 9th, the 70th anniversary of Miklós Radnóti’s death was declared a memorial day. Lázár also listed the punishment of the public denial of the crimes committed by the national-socialist and communist regimes by the Criminal Code, and the governmental countenance against discriminative manifestations as measures that have been taken by the government. He thanked the proposal of MEASZ that May 9th should be a national memorial day, however did not promise its realization. However, Hanti cautions about the importance of not ’washing’ the victims together with those resistance fighters, who have willingly fought against fascism. Hence, the Federation will try to acquaint the fight of the antifascists and their values - for which they were willing to sacrifice their lives - with its own tools. As a start, MEASZ will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Budapest on February 13 itself. The Orbán-government didn’t pay their respect The government didn’t represent itself on the memorial event in December, where MEASZ had saluted to the memory of János Kiss and Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky who were killed 70 years ago. At the bust of János Kiss, both Iván Vitányi a former fellow prisoner of Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky and János Horváth spoke. János Horváth, former elderly chair of the Hungarian National Assembly participated in the Hungarian National Independence Movement in 1944, and thus was sentenced to death, but managed to escape from prison. The martyr resistance fighters were praised by Katalin Jánosi, niece of Imre Nagy, former Prime Minister executed after the revolution of 1956, Béla Harmati retired evangelist bishop and Vilmos Hanti. The cabinet however did not even send flowers. (http://nepszava.hu/cikk/1044956-emleknap-lenne-majus-9)» View!