The Treaty of Trianon, which dismembered the state of Hungary after the Great War, came into force exactly one hundred years ago today. Hungary and the Western Allies signed the instrument at the Grand Trianon Palace in Versailles; hence its name.
Hungary ended up losing two-thirds of its territory under the terms of the treaty, which stranded more than 40% of its population outside the borders of Hungary without anyone having to move.
Our Hungarian correspondent CrossWare has translated the following essay about the Treaty of Trianon, which relates Trianon to the earlier Muslim invasion, from the conservative portal PestiSracok.hu:
Suleiman was also present at the Trianon execution attempt
by László Kovács Vésey
May 25, 2020
Like when a man is beaten down with bat, so was the Trianon peace dictatorship: he falls to his knees, the world spins around him, and he doesn’t even understand what happened to him. To date, we have not recovered from it, either as a country or as a people. Those who demand that we at last leave this Trianon problem behind us and deal instead with the future do not take note of reality, because the past cannot be left behind unfinished. Trianon itself is a good example of this, as it has not fallen into our head without antecedents. Even a hundred years ago, the unprocessed past, our own omissions, and the fruits of the trickery of our enemies ripened together.
In today’s eyes it is almost inconceivable that Hungary came to the end of the Middle Ages as a sparingly stable and unified country, one of the leading powers in Europe. Even if the nobles and lords intervened at times in the king’s affairs and were able to stir up internal strife, no one could question the existence of a unified royal power. The kingdom had serious reserves of power, and was rich in precious metals, ores, and salt, not to mention food. Hungary had one and a half times as many inhabitants as England or Poland, two and a half times as many as the Czech Republic, and we had a decisive influence on the life of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. There was no mention of a united Germany and Italy at that time; France was working on the creation of a centralized kingdom, just as a similar process took place in Spain after the success of the Reconquista. Besides ourselves, the latter two states were real military powers in that era.
It may even be considered a vagary of fate that in the immediate vicinity of this Hungary, which was a great power in all respects, the Ottoman Empire, which surpassed the strength of all European countries, had arisen. To this day there is no consensus among historians as to whether we would have been able to defend ourselves, but if we had, it would have required unparalleled self-discipline and conscious unity for two centuries from the king, nobles, and serfs. We lost the inevitable clash, but the Turks did not have enough strength to swallow our entire country. Thus, we did not sink into the Balkans (Transylvania, Partium and the South, after Trianon), but in terms of population, nothing worse could have happened to us. For two centuries our country became a battleground, with marches of the ever-increasing Ottoman, Habsburg, and Transylvanian armies regularly passing through our territory, requisitioning the peasantry that remained after taxation and double taxation. And if only they had just taken the taxes!
We Have Suffered a Disastrous Destruction
The Ottoman looting of the rural populations was accompanied by a significant extinction of the population and the destruction of the settlement structure. The whole countryside was depopulated, and many villages disappeared forever. If we look at the map of present-day Hungary, we can see that there are still only rare settlements in the Great Plain. During the uncertain period of occupation, instead of defenseless villages, people concentrated in a few swollen market towns and settled on large-scale animal husbandry, which was more sustainable in terms of possible escape, rather than farming. For this reason, there are settlements with a larger population and sparsely populated areas in the Great Plain, and the instances of single standalone farms are also rooted in this fact. But the Hungarian population remained at least partially here.
Hungary’s settlement density — the footprint of the Ottoman Turks is still visible today (source: terport.hu)
Muslim conquerors killed a large number of people and drove the enslaved Hungarians in endless columns to Istanbul and then sold them to various corners of the empire. During the Turkish conquest of 1521-1568, the Fifteen Years’ War of 1591-1606, the Austro-Turkish War of 1663-1664, and the expulsion of the Turks between 1683 and 1699, we suffered immeasurable horrors, probably the most brutal genocide in Europe in the last thousand years. At that time the Hungarians of Szerémség disappeared from the Hungarian majority of Temesköz, but by the end of the Turkish expulsion, the Hungarian population of Baranya, Tolna, Somogy counties and Partium had largely disappeared. These flat areas were the main terrain of the movements, so their populations became extinct, which in the vast majority of cases meant the Hungarian population.
Our Numbers Were Dwindling, While Everybody Else Was Thriving
The Turkish conquest caused catastrophic Hungarian loss of life in the 16th century, when the rest of the population of Europe increased significantly. Ottoman jihadists destroyed 4.5 million Hungarian souls, and 200 years later left a 3.5 million pile of rubble behind. Four-fifths of the population before Mohács was Hungarian, but only half of the population in the country liberated from the Turks, because Romanians who had survived the wars in the mountains had fled to the depopulated plains, and many Romanians and Serbs had migrated from the Balkans. The Rákóczi War of Independence, followed by a severe plague in its final years, completed the destruction.
During the Rákóczi War of Independence, a ruined, depopulated, bled-out country tried to become independent. (Painting by Endre Veszprémi about the meeting of Ferenc Rákóczi and Tamás Esze)
In the early 1700s the Habsburg dynasty, deep in dept, wanted to see a quickly taxable population in Hungary, which they “liberated” with costly wars. The ruler did not agree to the request of the Hungarian nobility to return the fleeing Hungarian remnant population to the territories liberated from the Turks — it would have needed a century to fill the space. Instead, millions of settlers invaded Hungary, bringing Romanians, Serbs, and Swabians (Germans) on imperial orders so that Vienna could gain a reliable force at the backs of the Hungarians. Moreover, even the remaining Hungarian population was deported from Temesköz at the behest of the emperor, and Swabians were moved into their houses to make it a German-majority territory.
During the 18th century, in a relatively peaceful period, there was serious population growth throughout Europe, including in Hungary, but this was no longer our growth. By 1800, the population of the country had approached the number that would have corresponded to population trends in Europe, but in the meantime we had also lost our own country in terms of population. At the time of the birth of István Széchenyi, we Hungarians were as many as at the death of King Matthias. The three hundred years that passed between those dates could not be recovered. If we had suffered only as much war and destruction during this time as the rest of Europe, a Hungary of 11 to 12 million people would have emerged in the 19th century, including about 10 million Hungarians. Instead, with a number of 9 million, Hungary entered the period with only 3.5 million true Hungarians. At the end of the Middle Ages, it was possible to go from Dévény to Kézdivásárhely travelling only through Hungarian villages, but at the dawn of the Reformation we were already a minority there.
The Immigrants Become Usurpers
The foreign masses who settled in Hungary soon awoke to their self-consciousness and began to see themselves not as welcomed guests, but as the legitimate owners of the territories they inhabited. From the beginning of the 19th century, referring to the Romanians, Serbs, Croats and even the Slovaks, the plan to divide Hungary lived even in Czech circles, while the imperial court had long hoped that with the settlement of Swabian masses, they would be able to Germanize the country. With the exception of the Swabians, the population of the nationalities was higher than that of the Hungarians, and the mass killings by the Romanians and Serbs during the War of Independence in 1848-49 further worsened our proportion.
The good two centuries that passed between the expulsion of the Turks and Trianon, despite all our apparent and intermittent successes, it is the story of how we lost our country. In some of our areas, this has happened before. The Pechen population of the Guardian region was destroyed by the Tatars and then settled with the Germans, and the Szekler border guards of the Moravian Valley (now the Slovak-Austrian border) crumbled in the Hussite wars of the 1400s, and then Moravians moved in to take their place. The central parts of the country were de-Hungarianized [forceful elimination of Hungarians in the occupied territories] by the Ottoman Turks, and then during the resettlement the Hungarians had to compete with the foreign masses, brought in at our backs. At this time, ethnic boundaries shifted so that they were already similar to the borders established in Trianon. In Transylvania there was a minor population destruction; typically the Hungarians living in the southern part, the Mureş Valley, became rarer in Turkish times, then in the 18th century and 19th century the Romanian genocides sealed its fate. The fact that Szeklerland separated from the Hungarian mass and became a language island was caused by the Romanization of the Mezoség. At the time of the expulsion of the Turks, the low birthrate of the protestant Hungarian population in the Hungarian-majority area resulted in a declining population, so within two hundred years, in peacetime, without resettlement, the ratio tipped in favor of the Romanians.
This is How a People Ends Up When It Desperately Tries to Leave the Past Behind
Under such circumstances, it was a fatal mistake not to face reality and desperately try to leave the past behind. The Hungarian nobility soothed themselves in the belief that the country that had shattered after Mohács had recovered, but this was not true. They did not take note of the Serbian, Romanian and Czech organizations, although the intentions of the nationalities were clearly visible: to separate the territories they inhabited from Hungary. Centuries of conscious work have been put into this, both domestically and internationally. A hundred years later they continue their work. The countries that invaded our territories are still doing their de-Hungarianization, and they have worries about a possible revision on a daily basis. They have not yet completed their program. Trianon is not the past for them, but the present.
The past cannot be left unresolved behind us, as I wrote at the beginning. One possible solution for Trianon would be the disappearance of the Hungarians, but very few people outside the DK [Democratic Coalition — Hungarian post-Communist party with strong EU globalist ties] would like it. Moreover, in this respect, the “Bright West” [sarcastic name for the Western societies, which was always depicted in a perfect light to the lowlife eastern yokels] did a partial job in 1920, as they left a small Hungary, and no matter how truncated it was, it retained the original Hungary with the population who created it. Then there are other possible solutions for Trianon, but they also include the Hungarians. And until this hundred-year-old case is resolved, neither we, nor those who have benefited from Hungarian territories, can close it and move on.
An afterword from the translator:
I can only speak from the point of view of an average citizen about what the loss of their original 1000-year-old country means to Hungarians. I base my understanding on what I learned in school, and more importantly, on what I have learned from my parents and grandparents. Our family has a fairly long history. The earliest written branch of the family tree is from the Battle of Belgrade (Nándorfehérvár) in 1456.
My ancestor was knighted after the battle and given a small plot of land for his heroism. This battle is why Catholic church bells ring every day at noon: the Pope ordered this to honor the Hungarians’ victory over the Turks.
My family always did its duty for the homeland. This includes my grandfather, who fought in the First then the Second World War. He received the Order of Vitéz for his performance (equivalent to something between the Silver Star and the Medal of Honor). In addition to these two ancestors, countless others fought and died for my country. The Baron is probably right: we are like Klingons, not only in our language, but in our stubbornness and our fearless fight for freedom. Despite the fact that we were betrayed by the West countless times, from the time we protected them from the Muslim invasions through the 1956 Revolution against the Soviets.
Austria dragged us into the First World War, but at the end even Austria received territories from Hungary. In 1920 at Trianon the Hungarian diplomats were not allowed to be present for the diplomatic discussions about the fate of our country, just as in 2020 the Hungarian representatives were not allowed to be present in the EU Parliament debate about how to punish Hungary.
So what has changed? NOTHING!
But I think I understand why they are so keen on destroying us: because we are witnesses to how the West betrayed us, robbed us. We were already fighting the Deep State of the time (the Fuggers and others) centuries before they become the Globalists of today. In the 1848 freedom fight, our Prime Minister Lajos Kossuth, who was himself a Freemason, but also a patriot, wanted to have an independent currency for the country. Soon Western Europe and the Russians both stood against us.
We saw in the Second World War how the members of the “national” socialists’ arrow-cross party changed clothes to become international socialists and later establish the infamous Hungarian Communist Gestapo, the ÁVH.
We have seen all their tricks. We have already experienced population replacement and cultural destruction. Under the leadership of the right-wing Fidesz party and Viktor Orbán, we are now also demonstrating an alternative to the rainbow colored liberal Islamo-Fascist and Neo-Marxist new world order, while we are also living proof that white people can build a civilization without the suppression and colonization of others, collapsing the narrative of the Cultural Marxists.
No wonder they want us gone. But we will “not go gentle into that good night.” This is not our first war against overwhelming odds, and we will fight, because life is not worth living if one is not free.
We have written numerous songs about the pain of having Hungarian brothers and sisters outside of the present borders, who are abused daily just for being born Hungarian. One of the best is here:
We are of one blood (by Familiar Faces).