3.15.2005

Speaking of freedom

Let's take a moment to remember Hungary's 1848 Revolution. Hungarian patriots rose up on this day to demand freedom, and put their lives on the line to get it. The poorly-trained revolutionaries fought the Austrian army essentially to a standstill, and were only defeated when the Austrians called the Tsarist Russians in to help put down the rebellion.

Also, national poet Petőfi Sándor (given name, then family name, as Hungarians do) wrote some truly beautiful poetry. Here is his entire catalogue in Hungarian. Here are some in English and Hungarian.