Rezső Szabó Personal Collection
Rezső Szabó is a Hungarian lawyer and politician from Slovakia. His personal collection contains documents dealing with policies toward the Hungarian minority in Czechoslovakia including issues of culture and education in the languages of the minority. These documents are mostly from the time when Szabó was Secretary of the Hungarian Cultural Union CSEMADOK (1954-1969) and the time when he sat in the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly (1969-1971). The collection contains documents related to Szabó’s activities in 1968, when he was one of the activists who outlined requirements about reforms concerning the rights of minorities in Czechoslovakia. These documents are mainly bill drafts and laws concerning the problems of the Hungarian minority. The collection also contains a recording of a long interview with Szabó made in 2004.
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- Rezső Szabó Personal Collection
Provenance and cultural activities
Rezső Szabó is a Hungarian lawyer and politician from Slovakia. From 1951 he was a member of the Hungarian cultural union CSEMADOK, and later became the secretary of CSEMADOK. During the Prague Spring he belonged to a group of activists who outlined requirements about reforms concerning the rights of minorities in Czechoslovakia. Between the years 1969-1971 he sat in the Federal Assembly. In 1970 he was dismissed from both Communist Party and CSEMADOK due to his political activities. In 1990 he was one of the founders of both the Hungarian Christian-Democrat Movement and the political movement Coexistence (Együttélés). Between 1990-1992 he was a member of the Slovak National Council.
The collection belongs to the Forum Minority Research Institute since 2003. The main part of the collections are documents from the time when Szabó was the secretary of CSEMADOK – and includes, for example, reports from board meetings, bill drafts and laws. Important documents in the collection include Szabó’s bill drafts and comments from the time when he was a member of the Federal Assembly.
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The collection (inventory accessible: adatbank.sk/egyeni-hagyatekok/szabo-rezso-iratai. Accessed 3 January, 2018.) contains a large amount of documents from the time when Szabó was secretary of the Hungarian cultural union CSEMADOK. These are mostly reports from the board meetings. The collection also includes documents from the time when Szabó sat in the Federal Assembly. These documents contain bill drafts and laws which concern the problems of the Hungarian minority. The collection also contains a recording of a long interview with Szabó made in 2004. In the interview Szabó talks about his life and political activities under the communist regime.
- publications (books, newspapers, articles, press clippings): 100-499
- voice recordings (including oral history recordings): 0-9
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Popély, Árpád. 2008. 1968 és a csehszlovákiai magyarság [The year 1968 and the Czechoslovak Hungarians]. Šamorín/Somorja: Fórum Kisebbségkutató Intézet.
Szabó, Rezső. 2004. A Csemadok és a Prágai Tavasz. Beszélgetések, cikkek, előadások, dokumentumok [CSEMADOK and Prague Spring. Interviews, articles, lectures, documents]. Bratislava/Pozsony: Kalligram, 2004.
Szakál, Gyula. 1997. Túlélési stratégiák, hatalmi manipulációk a szlovákiai magyarság körében (1957 - 1990) [Survival strategies and manipulation through political power among the Hungarians living in Slovakia]. Bratislava/Pozsony: Nemzetiségi Dokumentációs Centrum, Budapest and Győr: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Politikai Tudományok Intézete.Šutaj, Štefan. 2009. “Slovenskí Maďari a rok 1968” [The Slovak Hungarians and the year 1968]. In Rok 1968 a jeho miesto v našich dejinách [The year 1968 and its significance in our history]. Edited by Miroslav Londák and Stanislav Sikora. Bratislava: Historický ústav SAV, Veda, 194-209.
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- Bothová, Barbara
Végh, László, interview by Bothová, Barbara, November 29, 2016. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection