January 20th, 2013

Hungarian government condemns ethnic cleansing of Germans after WWII

No crime can be compensated for with another crime and this is all the more true in the case of collective punishment for assumed crimes, Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog said on Saturday addressing a commemoration in Solymar, outside Budapest, to remember Hungary’s ethnic Germans who were expelled from the country after the second world war.

“Politicians, politics or even certain individuals may be responsible, but nations as a whole should never be accused” he said.

“There are some even today who still insist on condemning people and ethnic groups collectively,” Balog said, adding that it is wrong to expel any individual from a nation.

Hungary’s parliament decided in December last year to mark January 19 as a day of national remembrance, commemorating the departure of the first train with ethnic German deportees on the same day in 1946.

Participants at the Potsdam Conference concluding the war agreed that ethnic Germans in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, should wholly or partly be resettled in Germany.

The Hungarian government in December 1945 issued a deportation decree concerning ethnic Germans, based on the principle of collective guilt. Under the decree, all residents that had declared themselves ethnic Germans, or said that their mother tongue was German, were supposed to leave the country. Members of the Volksbund or any others who had “supported Hitler’s organisations in any way” were to be deported, too.

Between January 1946 and June 1948 between 220,000 and 250,000 ethnic Germans were sent to Germany, while between 40,000 and 70,000 others were taken to forced labour camps in the Soviet Union.

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  • Paul

    “There are some even today who still insist on
    condemning people and ethnic groups collectively,”

    ….eh Bayer?

    What? Can it be that a leading publication close
    to the Hungarian government, Magyar Hirlap, would publish an opinion
    piece by a close friend of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor
    Orban, advocating the annihilation of a “significant part” of
    Hungary’s gypsy population? For make no mistake: this is what
    Bayer’s article advocates. Can it be that two days after this piece
    has whipped up a tempest (though it may only be in a teacup), the
    ruling FIDESZ Party has not yet condemned this view in the strongest
    possible terms but rather suggested that there is freedom of speech
    in Hungary (as the FIDESZ spokesmen, Gabriella Semleczi has stated on
    Tuesday)? Can it be that the strongman of Hungary, Viktor Orban, is
    silent on this matter?

  • Magdalena

    My Grandpa and his family were expelled from Hungary after ww2 but not because they had joined a Volksbund or had association with Nazis. They were just expelled because they spoke German as well as Hungarian and had a german last name. When the arrived in Germany they were called “Gypsies” by the native Germans. The native Germans never accepted them. Thank you Hungary (Hungarians) for condeming the forced migration and thanks for making the 19 th January the national day to remember it. I bet my grandparents would be so happy about this 🙂

    We love you Hungary <3 Kisses from Germany 😉

    • szebbjovot

      Moreover, Hungary, unlike other countries, had never demanded a total expulsion of her Germans and did not start to expel the German speaking population after the end of the war. The Hungarian Government rejected the idea of collective responsibility, for as long as it could.The expulsion of Germans from Hungary was opposed by both the government and the population of Hungary.


    • Leto مؤدّب

      I live in a former Schwabisch village, now a town, close to Budapest and there’s a memorial dedicated to the expelled German-speaking people here. But that’s not the only thing what reminds of these hard-working people who contributed a lot to Hungary… unlike the Gypsies you mentioned.

      • wolfi

        A typical reaction from Orbán’s rabid kutya aka leto:

        Now sucking up to the Schwabs – while in another thread he defends the Hungarians for “having to give” 500 000 Jews to the Krauts aka Germans to murder them …

        • Leto مؤدّب

          You didn’t *have to* murder them, unwelcome alcoholic German idiot. You could choose to pamper those Jews, so why didn’t you? We could have done without your invading our country in 1944, too.

          BTW, I didn’t write “Krauts”.

  • Nem Nem Soha

    Many of my relatives were sold off into slavery to Russia and never returned. My family are Schwabians from Temesvar. My grandfather and great uncles served in the Hungarian army and loved their country. We do not know where our relatives died or how. The Hungarian gov’t should come forward with records. The post war era is one of the darkest and saddest in history.

    • wolfi

      ” The post war era is one of the darkest and saddest in history.”
      And what about the war when millions were killed by the Nazis ?

  • T

    Bravo Hungary Bravo! For acknowledging this injustice. It was a sad day for Hungary when they forced their Germans out. Hungarians should have learned from their own suffering post Versailles Dicktat. Many Hungarians were uprooted from their homes and cast asunder. Now for those who insist that the National Socialist Germans deserved what came to them. I say read history (again) & not the victors history. War was forced upon Germany by the International Shylocks and (British & French) statesmen working for them. Remember “Judea declares war on Germany” on March 24th 1933 in the Daily Telegaph. Not to mention the massacres of Germans by (Khazar) communist agitators in the German part of Poland just before the outbreak of WWII. Look up David Cole and his trip to Auschwitz on youtube for more information regarding the Holocaust ( Auschwitz even had library not to mention a brothel and swimming pool). Listen to him speak on Montel ( an American talk show host in the’90’s). History is written by the victors. Enough of the anti-German sentiment! Oh & by the way I’m not German.

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