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Népszabadság - Hungary | 26/07/2014

Occupation memorial prompts reflection

The protests against the monument commemorating the Nazi occupation of Hungary on March 19, 1944, continue unabated. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság points out that right in front of the controversial monument symbolic objects of protest are piling up which lend it a new significance: "Passersby don't look at the monument itself, but what's lying in front of it. A huge mirror: a place for self-contemplation. Shoes that bring to mind the Shoes on the Danube Bank [in remembrance of the many Jews murdered on the banks of the Danube]. Leather jackets, photos, names, stones. One of the stones bears two names: Gyuri and Valika. ... The monument is alive. Not through any dynamic of its own, but through politics. People come and lie objects in front of it. And we know that even today someone is still mourning for a Gyuri and a Valika."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 13/06/2006

The Hungarians' ignorance of Györgi Ligeti

Music critic Miklos Fay complains that György Ligeti, who died last week and was perhaps Hungary's most renowned contemporary composer, is hardly known in his home country of Hungary. "It's shocking. Only a few of us mourn his passing because they know all his works and are sad that there will be no more of them…There will also be no more concerts for politeness' sake where foreign orchestras play 'Lontano' as a bold act representing the triumph of modern music to a yawning Hungarian audience. Ligeti should be played when only when the music is used to convey a message to an interested audience. We are now posterity. It's up to us whether the world keeps on spinning without Ligeti, but with his music.”

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