Closing event of the 60th Anniversary Memorial Year of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
H.E. Katalin Bogyay Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary
On June 20, 2017, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, hosted the closing event of the 60th Anniversary Memorial Year of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
The closing ceremony provided an opportunity to present the newly published book “A CRY FOR FREEDOM: Reflections on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at the UN and Beyond" as well as the Statues of Remembrance.
This book encapsulates our efforts over the last two years to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. A title, "A CRY FOR FREEDOM," is a true reflection of the efforts of our people at that time.
A "CRY for FREEDOM" provides insight into how we commemorated, at the United Nations, the 60th anniversary of the glorious days of the 1956 uprising. In the book, academics, historians, and researchers with the extensive knowledge of the subject, such as Professor Ferenc Miszlivetz, director and founder of the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg iASK, and H.E. Ambassador Janos Horvath, who is a survivor of the events of 1956, as well as the prominent historian András Nagy gave their thoughts about the legacy of 1956.
The book also contains the edited transcripts of the panel discussions that the Hungarian Mission hosted this year commemorating our 1956 Revolution.
The French-Hungarian Artist Lehel Ürményi-Hamar had created a painting to symbolize this year of remembrance, which is on the cover of this book. As is visible in the painting, the revolutionaries had cut out the Stalinist emblem from the then-existing national flag and used the resulting tricolor with the hole in the middle as the symbol of the uprising.
The bronze statue, entitled “A CRY FOR FREEDOM", also embodies the symbol of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: a Hungarian flag with a hole, designed by Hedva Ser, renown French artist, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Diplomacy and Artist for Peace.
The statues were produced by the Bedi-Makky Art Foundry, of Brooklyn, New York.
Jody Jensen Senior Research Fellow of the IASK, H.E. Katalin Bogyay Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary and Ferenc Miszlivetz Director of IASK
Following the opening remarks delivered by H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Per Bang-Jensen, son of Povl Bang-Jensen, Prof. Ferenc Miszlivetz, Hungarian academic and General Director of the recently established Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) and Prof. Jody Jensen, Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Polányi Centre at iASK, as well as H.E. Ib Petersen were awarded statues for their collaboration and continued support throughout the Memorial Year.
H.E. Katalin Bogyay Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary and Per Bang-Jensen, son of Povl Bang-Jensen
Both the book and the statues were sponsored by the ‘1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board’.
H.E. Mr. Nawaf Salam Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Lebanon, Per Bang-Jensen, Prof. Jody Jensen, H.E. Katalin Bogyay Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary, H.E. Mr. Riyad H. Mansour Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine
The event was attended by members of the Bang-Jensen family, Ambassadors, UN staff members, former members of the UN Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary, and many others.
Participants could also learn more about the history of the Revolution through a roll-up exhibition displayed at the venue.