"We, Hungarian Workers Have Always Trusted in Him." Cover Image

"Mi magyar dolgozók mindig Benne bíztunk"
"We, Hungarian Workers Have Always Trusted in Him."

Two Symbolic Funerals at the time of the Cult of Personality

Author(s): Ilona, L. Juhász
Subject(s): Cultural history, Ethnohistory, Social history
Published by: Fórum Kisebbségkutató Intézet
Keywords: symbolic funeral;Joseph V. Stalin;Klement Gottwald;cult of personality;political propaganda;culture of remembrance;

Summary/Abstract: Joseph­ V.­ Stalin,­ Soviet­ Prime­ Minister­ and­ General­ Secretary­ of­ the­ Central Committee­ of­ the­ Communist­ Party­ of­ the­ Soviet­ Union­ died­ on­ 5­ March­ 1953. Nine­ days­ later­ he­ was­ followed­ by­ Klement­ Gottwald,­ the­ first­ Czechoslovak worker-president,­head­ of­ the Czechoslovak­ Communist­ Party.­ On­ the­ days­ when the­ funerals­ of­ the­ two­ leading­ politicians­ were­ taking­ place,­ symbolic­ funerals were­ held­ on­ the­ command­ of­ the­ Communist­ Party­ in­ the­ municipalities­ of Czechoslovakia­ as­ well.­ This­ study—based­ mainly­ on­ a­ recent­ collection­ carried out­ in­ the­ municipalities­ Dolné­ Saliby,­ Horné­ Saliby­ and­ Rudná,­ and­ on­ the contemporary­ press­ coverage—recalls­ how­ the­ national­ mourning­ manifested itself­ in­ the­ municipalities­ and­ what­ externals­ characterized­ the­ two­ symbolic funerals.­ It­ touches­ upon,­ inter­ alia,­ the­ “spontaneously”­ written­ letters­ published in­ the­ contemporary­ press,­ examines­ the­ memories­ of­ the­ informants­ on­ the contemporary­ events­ and­ shows­ what­ information­ was­ recorded­ in­ the­ chronicles of­ the­ three­ examined­ villages­ on­ those­ days.

  • Issue Year: XIX/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 67-81
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Hungarian