Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The "Red Hate" continues

Tormay Cécile, Hungarian writer (1876-1937)

Less than a week after the statue of Horthy Miklós was vandalized with red paint, a memorial plaque dedicated to Hungarian nationalist writer Cécile Tormay was also vandalized by cowards. I call them cowards because it is cowardly to vandalize a memorial or a plaque dedicated to someone who is dead. Red paint was thrown all over Tormay's memorial plaque. Tormay was born in 1876 and died in 1937. She began to express her political views in 1919 by opposing the short-lived communist regime of Kun Béla. Tormay wrote about the events of the 1918-1919 communist revolution in Hungary in 1925 in the book called An Outlaw's Diary. She protested against the communist government and regretted the division of the old kingdom of Hungary under Trianon.

Cécile Tormay received the Corvin crown in 1930 in recognition of her cultural activities. In 1937, Tormay was nominated for the Nobel Prize. She was elected into the League of Nations Committee on Intellectual Cooperation two years earlier in 1935. Her works were banned by the Hungarian communist government after 1945. The ban was finally lifted after the collapse of communism in 1990. Her books have been translated into several languages. 

There is no doubt that this is a copy cat vandalism act. The statue of Horthy Miklós was vandalized by a well-known Gyurcsany supporter, Dániel Péter, only a few days earlier. It seems that the supporters of the extreme left-wing in Hungary will do anything to destroy the memory of Hungarian patriots. They will also do anything to incite hatred against an identifiable community in Hungary. Their hate knows no bounds as they are targeting memorials, plaques and statues of people who are dead and cannot speak for themselves. We at the Free Hungarian Voice strongly condemn these cowardly acts of vandalism.