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“Malenkij Robot”

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EXHIBITION & ROUND TABLE DEBATE on the 70th Anniversary of the deportation of the Transcarpathian Hungarians in 1944  

Date: 9/12/2014

Venue: Balassi Institute

 

2014 is an important anniversary of “Malenkij Robot” (in English “little work”) as this year exactly 70 years ago in November 1944 began the deportation of Hungarian and German civilians in Transcarpathia (today Ukraine). Talking about this terrible tragedy of Transcarpathian Hungarians was forbidden by the soviet authorities. With our event we want to draw the attention of European Union and people about this little known historical tragedy.

 

During the World War II Transcarpathia belonged to Hungary and according to the census in 1941 there lived 233 840 Hungarian people by nationality. At the end of the War the USSR occupied it. Building up the Soviet regime in Transcarpathia meant deportations, political purges, making collective farms, violent nationalization, show trials based on trumped-up charges, suppression of Churches, one-party system, planned economy etc. We can state that the most tragic arrangements of the Soviet power in Transcarpathia was the deportation of Hungarian and German civilian male residents between age 18-50 as war-criminals to the Soviet labor-camps as they were declared fascists in several documents that were created by the Soviets. This forced-migration became known as “malenkij robot”, because Soviet authority and armed forces said that the collected mass of people would work only three days in order to help in restoring the destroyed area behind the front line. According to different researches approximately 26 to 27 thousand men, in vast majority Hungarians were deported from Transcarpathia to the Donbass region where most of them died.

 

Location : Balassi Institute, 10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels

 

Exhibition opening followed by a debate in English with Erzsébet Molnár D., researcher, Lehoczky Institute of Sociological Investigations and Tamás Stark, senior research fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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