Hungarians Are Not Indifferent to Ukraine

Letter of friendship to Leszek Hensel

1 April 2022

A free and independent Ukraine is in Hungary’s interest.

A letter addressing an earlier publication about Hungary by Leszek Hensel

As researchers on Central Europe, we both know that, as so many times in history, it is us again. This time in Ukraine. We are closely involved in the Russian-Ukrainian war. Even if we cannot yet see its consequences, it is probably a turning point. 

So far, nearly 300 thousand refugees have arrived in Hungary from Ukraine. Help is being organised and collected without interruption. With care and love. Anyone who, like myself, remembers the dawn in November when my father herded us into the air-raid shelter knows from personal experience what military aggression means. It determined our fate for decades. 

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Csaba Kiss

Csaba Gy. Kiss is a political scientist, cultural and literary historian and comparist in Central European literatures examining the myths and national symbols. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Warsaw (Department of Hungarian Studies). In 1987 he co-founded the Hungarian Democratic Forum, later becoming its Vice President (1990) and a board member (1989–93). He is a member of joint Polish-Hungarian and Slovak-Hungarian Commissions of Historians and a guest lecturer at the Universities of Zagreb, Nitra, Prague and Warsaw. Kiss was a member of the ENRS Academic Council until 2019.

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