The Prime Minister emphasized that this was not such an easy story, but after a while it was clear that the truth was on Poland’s side.
In the name of Polish-Hungarian friendship, he returned to the Poles II. The child’s armor of King Sigismund of Poland
– said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Krakow on Wednesday, according to MTI.
At the Krakow Castle, the Prime Minister ceremoniously handed over to Poland II. The child’s armor of King Sigismund of Poland. Viktor Orbán emphasized in his speech at the event: it was not such an easy story, but after a while it was clear that the truth was on Poland’s side, they deserved this precious object, although “it has grown to our hearts too”. He said that the situation was complicated by the fact that in Hungary, as probably in Poland, museologists are the best guardians of the national treasure, protecting what belongs to the culture of the nation, and are reluctant to give up a single piece. There was no simple Hungarian internal debate until it was decided that this would be good, the armor should go where it belongs. He reminded that the armor came to Hungary due to a lucky coincidence, because it was thought that II. King Louis of Hungary, “we thought it was ours”. But then it turned out that it was different, and II. Sigismund Ágost belongs to the King of Poland, he said. He noted the origins of armor better than this have not yet been investigated.
Viktor Orbán emphasized that they bowed to historical facts and truth, realized that the armor belonged to Poland.
When the Polish prime minister approached Hungary with a formal request, the only possible decision was made by what Hungarian-Polish friendship allowed: they returned what the Poles had, he said. The prime minister said that, by law, the armor is undoubtedly already in the hands of the Poles, but he asked them to allow us to “still feel a little bit in our hearts” and take care of it the way Hungary did. They give up the armor in the hope that sooner or later everything in history will fall into place, he added. The Prime Minister also thanked Hungary for maintaining its armor so far. In his speech, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki thanked “the exceptional gift of the Hungarian nation” and stated that from now on, armor will become another symbol of Polish-Hungarian friendship. He was pleased that the work of art returned to the Krakow Castle, where II. The ashes of Ágost Zsigmond also rest. He recalled that the king was the last descendant of the Jagiellonian monarchy, who declared during the 16th century religious wars, “I am not the king of consciences,” thus creating a space for freedom and healthy tolerance. The ruler “built the strength of Central Europe as the Visegrad countries (V4) are now trying more and more boldly,” Morawiecki concluded.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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