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The Martyrs of Arad - Marking the 170th Anniversary
The Martyrs of Arad - Marking the 170th Anniversary

Memorial of the 13 Martyrs of Arad at Salgótarján, by ifj. Szabó István. Posted by András on kozterkep.hu and used by permission.

On October 6th, a plaque honoring the 13 Martyrs of Arad will be unveiled and blessed at Nagysándor János utca in Pest, marking the 170th anniversary of their execution by the Austrians.  The memorial plaque is the work of Matl Péter, sculptor from Munkács, perhaps best known for his monument to the Conquest at Verecke Pass.

The ceremony will be conducted by Mons. Fodor József of Nagyvárad, representing Bishop Böcskei László. Following the blessing of the plaque, the Mayor of the 20th District will lay a wreath, as will the President of the local Armenian community to honor the two generals of Armenian descent who were among the 13.  Bene Ferenc will play the tárogató (a Hungarian double-reed instrument).  Then a Mass will be celebrated at nearby Szt. Erzsébet Church, with several commemorative inserts.

Credit for the initiative belongs to Horváth Zoltán György, owner of the publishing house Romanika Kiadó. His son Árpád recently wrote a prize-winning thesis about the various memorials to the ”Arad 13” in the Pesterzsébet section of Budapest.

Nagysándor János, a honvéd general during the Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1848-49, was one of the 13. He was born in Nagyvárad, reason for the Celebrant coming from that city for the occasion. 

The other generals commmemorated on October 6th are Aulich Lajos, Damjanich János (about whom there is a separate article, written by a descendant, in this issue), Dessewffy Arisztid, Kiss Ernő, Kneziƈ Károly, Lahner György, Lázár Vilmos, Leiningen-Westerburg Károly, Poeltenberg Ernő, Schweidel József, Török Ignác and Vécsey Károly.



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