Another step towards Slovak-Hungarian reconciliation

Elek Fényes already wrote all of this: “On the field of Vozokány on the 26th of Aug. In 1652, the Hungarians beat the Turks very hard, and on this occasion they freed 186 Christian prisoners. However, the juice of this victory is lamentable for the illustrious Eszterházy family; because of the 48 Hungarians who fell, 4 Eszterházy remained on the battlefield, um László, Kristóf, Ferencz and Márton.”

However, the tone of the article is new: the Hungarian lords are not evil oppressors, as would be expected based on the old Slovak cliché, but heroes ready to sacrifice their lives for their country and its citizens. What is also new, as the article highlights: in this battle, Hungarians and Slovaks fought together against the Turks.

For the sake of historical fidelity, the author mentions that three hundred German musketeers also fought in the small army led by Ádám Forgách. The Hungarians were soldiers from Végvár, and they were joined by the peasantry of the area, who were Slovaks.

Vezekény and its surroundings were already inhabited by Slovaks. According to Fényes Elek’s description (1851): Vezekeny (Nagy-), (Velke Vozokány), Bars m. lake village. It is therefore not a claim that we fought together against a common enemy. In fact, this is what we must do today.

The wreath laying on August 26 is a small step in the right direction. Recalling such an event fills the general statement that these two peoples built and defended their common homeland together over the past centuries. Although the homeland is no longer common due to the storm of history, the community can be continued within a new framework – for the benefit of both peoples.

However, these new frameworks in both countries must guarantee the completeness of minority rights for both individuals and the entire national community.

The author is the Charter XXI. President of the association

Cover image: copy of the Hungarian Holy Crown from the XV. coronation church built in the 19th century, at the top of the tower of St. Martin’s Cathedral, with the castle in the background (Photo: MTVA/László Molnár-Bernáth)

Source: Magyar Nemzet by

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