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European Social Science History Conference 24. bis 27. März 2020

Referentin: PD. Dr. Friederike Kind-Kovacs
25.03.2021 - 12:30 Uhr

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PD Dr. Friederike Kind-Kovács hält am 25. März auf der vom 24.-27. März in Leiden stattfindenden European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) einen Vortrag zum Thema "The Heroes’ Children: Rescuing Hungary’s War Orphans after the Great War.” Der Vortrag findet im Rahmen des von ihr organisierten internationalen Panels "Abandoned, Orphaned & Displaced: Histories of Children’s Destitution and Relief” statt.


One of the principle duties of Hungarian child protection during and after the First World War was to care for the orphaned and unsupported children of those fallen or injured in the war and those that were displaced due to the territorial reconfigurations. As the state considered it its primary task to rescue Hungary’s future generation from physical and moral degeneration, it opened war orphanages, provided food, health care, clothing, and vocational training, send the war orphans to summer camps or even placed them in foster families in the countryside or abroad. Various of these relief measures were supported or even initiated by international humanitarian relief organisations such as the Save the Children Fund or the Red Cross. Against this backdrop, this paper engages with the public discourses about Hungary’s war orphans and the various means to relieve their physical suffering and neglect. It explores the ways in which the destitution and relief of the innocent 'children of the war’s heroes' was taken to publicize Hungary’s fragile postwar constitution and to lobby for the restoration of its prewar territory and political order

Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert mit Steuermittel auf Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes.

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