Postings mit Schlagwort "History" (3)

 Book Launch History 

posted by Katalin Teller 8 years ago

The Open Society Archives at Central European University and Bestsellers Bookstore in Budapest will present VERA AND THE AMBASSADOR: ESCAPE AND RETURN by Vera and Donald Blinken. Ambassador Andras Simonyi, former Hungarian ambassador to the United States, will introduce the book on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 at 4:00p.m. at the Open Society Archives at CEU, Arany János utca 32. Budapest 1051.

 Jewish Quarter to be Saved 

posted by Katalin Teller 8 years ago

Galéria Centrális will open an exhibition by the society ÓVÁS! (PROTEST!) at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The exhibition is entitled An Alternative Perspective on the Jewish Quarter and will be opened by György Konrád. Probably a must. Here follows the announcement of ÓVÁS!:

 Project of OSA  

posted by Katalin Teller 9 years ago
A nice new year's gift made by the Open Society Archives: in 2009, marking the 20th anniversary of the regime change, OSA is digitizing and publishing online 60,000 pages of text (radio monitoring transcripts, state security reports, phone messages, minutes), 300 hours of moving image (news programs, educational films, propaganda programs) and 300 hours of sound recording (of politburo meetings and opposition round table negotiations) - the website should be visited day by day.

Budapest

A picture from the heydays of liberal Budapest - when a whole (though short) underground line could be built within two years. And M1, the famous "Földalatti", Budapest's yellow line, still works. I have never seen this image of the construction on Andrássy before, so be full of admiration - and I am not telling your where it is from...

The M1-line so is a memento to both: a liberal mayor (for what Budapest was capable of) and the Siemens company, who more than a hundred years ago was capable of producing faultless underground trams (not like today's Combino crap...)

Budapest has – together with St. Petersburg and Vienna – one of the largest tramway networks of the world. The tramway type "UV" – standing for "Új villamos - New tramway" and pictured above – was designed in the early forties and is still a symbol for Hungary's once high-tech railway-carriage industry. With the arrival of the new low-floor-trams in spring 2006 – built by Siemens in Vienna and not too beautiful – this landmark of Budapest will vanish from the cityscape.
György Petri: Imre Nagy

Du warst unpersönlich wie die anderen bebrillten Führer
im Sakko, deine Stimme war nicht metallen,
denn du wußtest nicht, was du eigentlich sagen solltest,
so unvermittelt den vielen Versammelten. Gerade das Plötzliche
war ungewohnt für dich. Du alter Mann mit dem Zwicker,
ich hörte dich, ich war enttäuscht.
Ich wußte noch nichts

vom Betonhof, wo der Staatsanwalt
das Urteil gewiß heruntergeleiert hat,
ich wußte noch nichts von der groben Reibung des Stricks, von der letzten Schmach.

Wer will sagen, was sagbar gewesen wäre
von jenem Balkon aus, Möglichkeiten, unter Maschinengewehren
verfeuert, kehren nicht zurück. Gefängnis und Tod
wetzen die Schärfe des Augenblicks nicht aus,

wenn der eine Scharte bekommen hat. Aber wir dürfen uns erinnern
an den zögernden, verletzten, unentschlossenen Mann,
der gerade seinen Platz zu finden schien,

als wir davon aufwachten,
daß man unsere Stadt zerschoß.

Übersetzt von Hans-Henning Paetzke

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