Friday, March 15, 2013

Petőfi Sándor

 Petőfi Sándor 1823-1849

Petőfi Sándor was a Hungarian poet and national revolutionary. He was a significant figure of the 1848-1849 Revolution. He is the author of the Nemzeti dal (National Poem), which is said to have inspired the revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary. The revolution would eventually grow into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire. It is most likely that he died in the Battle of Segesvár, which was one of the last battles of the war. Some believe to this day that he was captured at the battle and marched to Siberia where he died in captivity.

In 1990, an expedition was organized to Barguzin, Siberia, where archaeologists claimed to have unearthed Petőfi's skeleton. We will never know what really happened to Petőfi Sándor, but what we do know is that his legacy still lives on to this very day. He will continue to inspire freedom-loving Hungarians as they face new struggles and challenges in this century.