Hungary Opens Trianon Memorial Park For Lost Territories

Under Trianon, signed after World War One, most of the divided territory went to Romania and what was then Czechoslovakia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

Speaking at the opening of the Trianon Park, a key ethnic Hungarian Reformed bishop from Romania, Laszlo Tokes, said he regrets that almost nine decades later Trianon still seems a
taboo topic in Hungary, BosNewsLife learned Friday, June 6.  “The treaty of Trianon is still considered taboo in political debates,” Hungarian News Agency MTI quoted him as saying.

Tokes, who is also a member of the European Parliament, played a key role in Romania's  1989 revolution which overthrew the regime of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, ending decades of persecution of Christians and ethnic Hungarians.   

HUNGARY'S "TRUTH"

Bishop Tokes suggested that following the democratic changes across the region, it was time for Hungary to  “face up to its past” and not to forget Trianon, “because peace and safety can only be established on truth.”

Yet, the bishop has been criticized for stirring nationalistic tensions by demanding more autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, charges he strongly denies. There were apparently no statements made by government officials.

The Trianon Memorial Park is in Dunavarsany, a village of 7,000 residents, many originating from areas that were annexed from Hungary as a result of the Trianon treaty. A bell will toll every day at 16:32, the time when the document was signed on June 4, 1920, at the Grand Trianon Palace in Versailles, France, Mayor Zoltan Bona told reporters.

The $75,000 park also includes a bell tower and a traditional crafted gate.  

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