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In Remembrance of Those Left Behind

The In Remembrance of Those Left Behind (Hátrahagyottak emlékezete) open-air exhibition commemorates the loved ones of the 1849 Martyrs of Arad. It pays tribute to those women and children who over a lifetime bore the spiritual and physical burdens of the tragedy of their husbands, fiancés and fathers, frequently amidst the most trying of circumstances. When considering the revolution, we often tend to forget these patriotic women and their children. The display corrects this glaring deficiency. It commemorates those people left behind, who lived their lives after the executions in indignity, poverty and difficult circumstances, and about whom the history books do not speak, nor do children learn about them in school.
This mobile exhibition is the initiative of the Sfântu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy) Balassi Institute – Cultural Centre of Hungary and the Carola Association. It was inaugurated in Budapest on 6 October 2015 at the request of the Ministry of Defence, with historians, graphic artists and photographers participating in its compilation. Each large-size tableau features a wife or fiancée of a martyr, detailing their lives in Hungarian and Romanian. Texts written by historian Zsolt Hernádi illuminate how the widows and their children carried the tragedy of their husbands, fiancés and fathers throughout their lives.

The exhibition evokes the history of the martyrs Alajos Aulich, Arisztid Dessewffy, Ernő Kiss, Vilmos Lázár, József Nagysándor, Ernő Poeltenberg, Károly Vécsey, Ignác Török, and Lajos Batthyány as well as their wives and fiancées. At the same time, the stories of five widows are presented separately: Emília Csernovics, wife of Army Major General János Damjanich; Bilinska Domicella, wife of Army Major General József Schweidel; Katalin Kapitány, wife of Károly Knezić; Elíz Sissány, wife of Army Major General Count Károly Leiningen-Westerburg; Lucia Conchetti, wife of Major General György Láhner.
The exhibition has been displayed in several major towns in Transylvania, in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), Deva (Déva), Sfântu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyörgy), Oradea (Nagyvárad), Sibiu (Nagyszeben), Timișoara (Temesvár) and it has also been viewed in Bucharest. Thanks to the Romanian translation, this exhibition has also been accessible to a sizeable audience that earlier would not have seen similar historical and aesthetic information. So far, in total approximately 60,000 people have seen the exhibition. In 2018, it was on display at the following locations: Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Miercurea-Ciuc (Csíkszereda), Makó and Baraolt (Barót).