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REPORT – „Conference on Hungarian-Polish friendship”
„Hungary and Poland are two eternal oaks. Each of them shot up a separate and distinct trunk, but their roots widely scattered in the ground are intertwined and knitted invisibly. Hence the existence and vigor of one is the condition of the other's life and health”. These lines well express that the two nations do not simply have a common past which is knitted but also have opportunities to create a common future.

The words of Stanisław Worcell duly characterise the conference about Hungarian-Polish friendship organised between 2-4th March 2013, as this event allowed us to discover the common past apart from making us acquainted with the history and culture of the other nation. It also enabled to establish real friendship, get to know the other nation, and share our experiences and views, despite speaking two different languages, we think in the same way and are solicitous for the other nation’s fate. Between the two nations there really could be felt certain friendly brotherhood.

Lectures announced for 2nd March took place in the Józef Bem Cultural Association, revealed common past, made us aware of such elements which stitched the two nations together.

The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Mária Puskely, who delineated for us the Hungarian-Polish dynastic relations in the Árpád- and Anjou era. Interesting were among others, the matrimonial relations between the two nations, we could learn how Saint Kinga and Saint Hedwig looked like and what role they fulfilled in the life of the two nations. Subsequently Dr. Tadeusz Kopys unfolded when the Polish-Hungarian international relation started, which commenced with the explosion of the Ferenc Rákóczi’s freedom movement and further deepened throughout the centuries.

During the 1920 battle in Warsaw Hungarian-collaboration and common fight is aparent, but this knowledge was kept suppressed for a long time as it was a taboo to talk about the friendship of the two nations as was the way how Hungarians helped Poles during the Second World War. During the 56 revolution kind of a succour is observable again.

During the morning session we could also listen to Dr. Károly Kapronczay introducing the situation of Polish refugees during and following the Second World War. It is no secret that the Hungarian leadership did not want to get involved in the war as the issue of the Poles was a national issue for Teleki’s government. Today we know, there was no other choice for Hungary. It could do one thing though, a real step. It provided real shelter for the Polish refugees, and treated their issue as social matter. A significant number of them also received a job, those who temporarily could not be offered a job were confered aid.

The last lecture in the Bem Centre was held by Miklós Mitrovits, who encompassed the period between 1956 and 1989, as this was the time when the friendship of the two countries regained strength. Both Hungary and Poland was suffering under socialism, they wanted to break forth, which just further deepened their relationship, and finally in 1989 the era of system change set in.

In the afternoon we had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Ethnic Poles in Hungary. where we could see numerous relics which connect the two nations’ history, we received a foretaste of the Polish culture as well. Kőbánya hosts the Polish House which provides home for the Polish community living in Hungary in preserving their traditions. Here we could listen to the presentation of Márton Okos, journalist of Erdélyi Napló, on István Báthory, who was invited to occupy the Polish throne, when it became vacant in 1576. Finally he took on the accession to the throne albeit he cherished his devotion to Transylvania all the time. Then we took part in a Polsh language service in the church ”Maryi Wspomożycielki w każdym czasie”.

Our first day was crowned by an extremely successful dinner, at which we could get to know each other closer with our Polish fellow-men, we sang Polish and Hungarian folk songs which filled us with energy for the excursion planned for the next day.

3rd March was the day of our tour in Budapest, here we visited the most well-known sights such as the Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi spa, Citadella, the Castle of Buda etc. On this day the results of the previous day’s quiz were disclosed which was won by the Polish girls, they then shared their reward (a tray full of cakes) with the other participants whose knowledge was outdone by the graces. After the tiring day we watched a wonderful dance performance which overwhelmed our hearts and our subconscious. Everybody took a fancy to learn the subsequent folk songs and folk dances. Our Polish fellows learned our folk songs very quickly among which maybe the Kiskacsa fürdik (The little duck is swimming) went fastest, the way participants acquired folk dance steps was sweeping as everybody was dancing as if he or she had been practising it since childhood. It was an unforgettable experience to see those many happy and exhausted faces which seemed to demonstrate that this evening would be long remembered.
March 4th was a great, but at the same time, our last day. Our lectures took place at the Corvinus University of Budapest. The first among the guest lecturers was Dr. Géza Jeszenszky, the chief patron of the conference, who used to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary between 1990 and 1994, and who called our attention to the importance of the Visegrad four, that is how important this cooperation is for us, Central Europeans, as stability, this is the touchstone of the collaboration, which might serve as example for several countries and that this scope might be even further extended to the Baltic States and Austria.

Dr. László Zsinka shared a lot of similarities and differences with us concerning the historical past of the two good friends, from the Árpád era till the great change of the 20th century.

We could listen to one of the most exciting lectures delivered by Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko personally, who revealed the Polish transition towards market economy and democracy. We learnt what alterations Poland needed after the system change so that it could live up to the membership of the European Union, furthermore, through what methods Polish economists reached a growing GDP during the time of crisis.

In the course of the afternoon Dr. Milán Constantinovits described the Hungarian economic policy after EU accession and its positive effects on the economy and what stop-go means. Hungary shifted economic policy in 2010, now the main goal is to reduce public debt. The last lecturer of the conference was Piotr Wisniewski from Warsaw School of Economics, who introduced the development of the capital markets of the two good friends after the regime change with the help of macro- and microeconomic indicators.

After the lectures it came to the evaluation of the essays submitted as applications for the conference and the distribution of prizes, which was followed by the contribution of the authors of one Polish and one Hungarian student’s papers, reporting on their research results.

The playful quiz that ensued after the students’ presentations proved to be very interesting. The youth was divided into four groups, and a project was then being elaborated by these groups, which aimed at widening Polish-Hungarian relations, as they had to establish common institutions, monuments, military organisations.

Afterwards we were having a session like the V4 and tried to discuss our problems within the Visegrad Four, we were seeking for new goals and made attempts to set up common institutions for the Central and Eastern European community.
The conference was closed by a common dinner which facilitated a better understanding of the other nation, the deepening of our friendship, sharing our experiences and views.

The report was prepared by Zsuzsanna Dolinai, Uzhhorod

Some thoughts from participants:

„First of all, thanks for confernce, I knew many news about Polish and Hungarian history. There was so many things I never known and how many we have something in common. Budapest is beautiful. I never had seen most beautiful city. I have known many interesting people too. My knowlegde about both politics was built up. I was in polish embassy. It was big experience.”

Agnieszka Zuzanna Ślęzak, Kielce
„For me last weekend, which I spent in Budapest and took part in "Conference on Hungarian - Polish friendship" was one of the best moments in my life. Now I truly know the meaning of brotherhood of those two countries. I had opportunity to learn about history of relationship of our nations and to have a first hand experience, thanks to great hospitality.”

Konrad Wójcik, Kielce
„For me, the ’Conference on Hungarian-Polish friendship’ was a great opportunity to meet some great foreign students. I listened to many speeches, authority of science, which in some way has changed my previous opinions in the sphere of economics and international relations. The conference made me realize that the Poles and Hungarians share many common issues and they should take care to maintain good relations.”

Izabela Stąpor, Kielce
„I was very glad to have participated in this conference, I did not even expect to have such a good time. The lectures were all very interesting I especially liked the lecture of Dr. Mária Puskely and Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko. I enjoyed the sightseeing on Sunday and the evening dinner and dance club the most among all programmes. It was exciting to stroll through the city as a citizen of Budapest, and watch Hungarian dances in the evening. By the dinner on Monday I had evidently found friends in the company of Hungarians living beyond Hungarian borders and Polish students. The friendliness and gentleness of Poles was not left behind at home, so it was not at all difficult to establish relations with them and further cultivate Polish-Hungarian friendship. They all showed interest towards Hungary and Hungarian people, and of course the reverse was also true. Apart from concrete facts, the mentality, nature and even their language could be recognized. This was the first time that I had the luck to get so close to a foreign group, and thanks to the directness of the Poles, I collected nothing but good experiences during socializing with them.

I can only praise the organisational arrangements, I was perfectly satisfied with everything. Besides the high standard professional and community activities, it was well observable that organizers also paid attention to the details (for example the accommodation, vegetarian guests) and endeavoured to fulfil all kinds of requests.
I hope that this rapidly evolving friendship with the Polish youngsters will endure among us and we will see each other again soon. Therefore, I would be very happy if a similar event would take place in the future, be it in Poland, because it would be a pleasure to me if I could visit them in their homeland.

I am glad to share my photos with the Foundation:
(https://picasaweb.google.com/106532794890603152600/KonferenciaAMagyarLengyelBaratsagrol2013Marc03?authkey=Gv1sRgCNmlgI-_s7j0zAE). Please do use them with confidence if necessary. I am curiously looking forward to the „official” photos of the conference as well!

Closing my lines I would like to thank you for everything. I will certainly follow the work of the organisation with interest to which herewith I would like to wish lots of success!”

Réka Dulai, Budapest
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