Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

19 September 2017 - 21 September 2017

’56 Without Boundaries

The New York monument showing the 23. October, 1956. constellation is truly special: it is intended as an overseas hommage to the heroes of the ’56 revolution. To the heroes, who while fighting for the freedom of their country, with their courage earned the respect of the entire world for us, Hungarians. John F. Kennedy, President of the United States thus remembered the 23. October, 1956: “No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man’s desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required.”
We arrived in New York to attend the UN General Assambly, so my husband and I had the opportunity to pay our tribute at the monument erected for the heroes of the 1956 revolution and war of independence. We then attended the ceremony, where László Papp, the president of the New York ’56 Memorial Committee and István Üsztöke, one of those who during the revolution printed the 12 points of university youths in Budapest were given an award.
A defining experience of this visit to New York was for me the recognition that the power of ’56 knows no boundaries either in space or in time. It remains an eternal example, pride and warning for all of us.