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


"Ik bedacht dat God, als Hij al bestaat, een vreemd sujet moet zijn als hij ervoor kiest om bomen eeuwenlang in alle rust te laten leven en het mensenleven kort en zwaar maakt." Uit: Philippe Claudel, Het verslag van Brodeck, 92.