The Dutch Churches and Trianon


At the end and in the aftermath of World War, Hungarys situation was very difficult: the war had been lost, the country was tormented by hunger and revolution, and the victoring countries were about to assign two-third of Hungary’s territory to neighboring countries. In this situation Hungary’s Protestant churches asked their Dutch sister churches for help and support in late 1918. A Hungarian delegation led by the theologian J. Sebestyeén visited the Netherlands. What could the Dutch do? Articles in favor of the Hungarian cause were published, lectures were given, rallyes were organized. The Reformed Churches in the Netherlands took the initiative of a joint declaration on behalf of the Hungarians. The declaration, signed by many other Dutch Protestant churches, offers a rare example of ‘ecumenic’ collaboration in those days.

Róbert Bárta, Róbert Kerepeszki – Krzysztof Kania in co-operation with  Ádám Novák, Trianon 1920–2020. Some Aspects of the Hungarian Peace Treaty of 1920 (Debrecen 2021)

Dutch churches


Als je 't mij vraagt: de mensen raken moe van al die jobstijdingen, ze zijn bijna doof getoeterd. Ik ben er tenminste doodop van. Het gebeurt me ook vaak dat ik de knop omdraai of als de weerga het andere station indruk. Uit: Godfried Bomans, 'Notities van een verontruste', in: Wouter van Dieren (red.), Handboek voor vervuild Nederland (Amsterdam/ Brussel 1972)19-29, aldaar 19.