A Study Volume in English about the Mindszenty Trial

Felvidek.ma - 01.05.2022.

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  • 2022. May 01.
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Published in English by the official publishing house of the Vatican, the Liberia Editrice Vaticana at the end of last year the book launch of the volume took place at the Collegium Hungaricum in Rome at the end of January. Pope Francis also exressed his thanks for the volume which can accessed by the widest audience due to the Vaticanian release.

The volume contains the materials of the international conference held in the Hungarian Houses of Parliament in Budapest on 13 and 14 February 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Mindszenty Trial. The book approaches the 1949 Mindszenty Trial from an international and church policy perspective outlining its contexts. It also gives an overview about the persecution of other church leaders in Middle and Eastern Europe during the communist dictatorship. The lecturers of the conference also talked about the situation of the protestant denominations.

In the book besides the fates of Cardinal József Mindszenty and several Hungarian church leaders, Czech, Slovakian, Romanian, Polish, Ukrainian and Albanian prelates’s fates can also be read. The volume published as a part of the academic series of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences was edited by the organizers of the conference, i. e. the research fellows of the Committee of National Remembrance and the Institute of Hisotry of the Research Centre for the Humanities.

Since the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences invited this volume into its highly prestigious series, it made it possible that the results of Middle European research become part of the international discourse and be able to be accessed all over the world.

Mindszenty was a symbol of church persecution in Eastern Europe managed from the Soviet Union. The trial against the Hungarian archbishop and cardinal prince primate was of vital importance, since it became a reference for the fight against ’clerical reaction’ among communist parties.

The book first of all focuses on the latest researches regarding the show trial against cardinal József Mindszenty in 1949, but it gives a major emphasis on the fates of other persecuted Middle and Eastern European prelates, too. That means that we can read about those catholic prelates, who stood for their own churches like Josef Beran Czech cardinal, Stefan Wyszyński Polish cardinal, Jan Vojtaššák bishop of Szepes or Alojzije Stepinac Croatian archbishop. From among the Hungarian church leaders serving beyond the Hungarian borders we can outline Áron Márton Transylvanian catholic bishop’s and Tódor Romzsa Subcarpathean Hungarian Greek-catholic bishop’s story. The reader can also meet in the book the persecution of Hungarian protestant church leaders through the Reformed bishop László Ravasz’s forced retirement or the Lutheran bishop Lajos Ordass’s trial.

The volume can be accessed in several imporant academic and university libraries all over the world.

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