An ideologically based justification for penalties flies in the face of European values and treaties – says Judit Varga, the Hungarian Justice Minister and laureate of the Guardian of Virtues award, in an interview with "Do Rzeczy" weekly According to the Hungarian Prime Minister "If this regulation drafted by the EP and the German presidency were to be accepted, then we have made Soviet Union out of the EU". Tamás Deutsch MEP warns against EU tyranny taking place of the…
Dear Deputy Minister! Dear Director, dear Polish friends! During the time of the coronavirus epidemic, difficult for us all, it is a real heartfelt honour to receive the Guardian of Virtues Award bestowed by the Wacław Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute. I deeply regret not being able to be with you in person. However I trust that we shall meet soon. I accept this honourable award with gratitude and humility. I would also like to thank all the staff at the…
Despite being quite young, the Laureate's considerable experience acquired whilst working abroad and at the European Parliament in particular, means that recently hers was the loudest voice amongst those tackling issues associated with the Visegrád Group, observing the rule of law as well as family and children's rights – says Maciej Szymanowski (PhD), the director of the Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute. LAUDATION Despite being quite young, the Laureate's considerable…
As the editor-in-chief of Do Rzeczy Weekly, someone who in their writings does not shy away from the most difficult civilisational problems of the time, would you say that dr. Judit Varga winning the Guardian of Virtues, awarded by the aforementioned weekly is somewhat symptomatic? Paweł Lisicki: It is the task of politicians to find compromises, to reach agreements but also to boldly stand up for what they believe in. The award recognises those qualities in Judit Varga. And…
Polish designer Wamhouse Studio has visualised the series of four houses that are based on the shape of the logos of some of the world's largest companies – including Adidas, Chevrolet, Renault and Mitsubishi. TRIHOUSE The architect’s project comprises the trihouse, crosshouse, rhombhouse and pyrahouse. Crosshouse Rhombhouse Pyrahouse Image credits: Wamhouse
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Wacław Felczak - . born: 29 May 1916 in Golbice, died: 23 Oktober 1993 in Warsaw
Between 1939-1945, Felczak was the head of an organization of secret couriers who carried information between Poland, Hungary and the West on behalf of the Polish Government-in-Exile in London. After the war, the Polish historian continued to serve the Polish Government-in-Exile, often travelling himself to communist-occupied Poland with important secret documents. Arrested by the communists in 1947, he was sentenced to life but released in 1956 as a result of the thaw following Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's speech at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in which he denounced Joseph Stalin.
As a staunch anticommunist, Felczak started returning to Hungary in the late 1970s, giving secret seminars to the leaders of Hungarian anticommunist underground. He championed a vision in which Central Europe, through joint efforts, would be able to throw off the Soviet communist yoke.
He spent the 1987-88 winter semester at Eötvös Collegium in Budapest where the taught Polish history. A young Viktor Orban (who wrote his master's thesis on the Polish anticommunist trade union "Solidarity") attended one of his lectures together with a group of anticommunist activist friends and asked Professor Felczak for advice on how to best fight communism. Felczak advised him to start a political party. A couple of months later, Orban became one of the founding members of Fidesz; the party which has ruled Hungary since 2010.