Roanoke College Remembers 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution

SALEM, Va.-On Monday, October 23 the world will remember the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution. This historical event was the first major breakthrough in post-World War II European history that undoubtedly helped the historical process leading to the fall of Communism in 1989-90. Because of the recent and still unsettled political upheavals, Hungary is likely to attract more media attention in the coming weeks.

Professor Tibor Fabiny, Roanoke College's Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residence this fall, is from Hungary. Fabiny, his family and Roanoke's history department are planning a "Remembrance Day" in the campus's Antrim Chapel on Wednesday, October 25, from 6-9 p.m. The invitation to join in this commemoration of the joy and triumph of freedom is extended to Hungarian refugees of 1956 and their descendants living now in the Roanoke Valley Area. This event is open to the public, and no tickets are required.

The program will start with a screening of the successful documentary "Freedom's Fury" (90 minutes). It will be followed by a panel on the Hungarian revolution at 7.30 p.m. Professors John Selby and Robert Willingham of Roanoke's history department will speak about the historical significance of the event. Professor Fabiny will moderate the evening's event. The session will be closed by a meditation and prayer led by Chaplain Paul Henrickson at 9 p.m.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.