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Mindszenty the man

A portrait of courage and faith

February 5, 2012

One problem with the passing of time is that significant events become distant or vague memories and then are eventually forgotten to most of the world. Generations pass and the lessons of history are not learned or appreciated any more. Recently, while looking for possibilities to highlight in the "today in history" segment of school announcements, one word jumped out with immediate recognition. With that came a feeling of sadness in knowing that this was one of those cases of fading memories, but also a feeling of responsibility to use the anniversary date to remind people of someone remarkable. This word was that of a person, a man with a local connection and held dear to those now at least 50 years old. His history includes multiple and prolonged imprisonment as well as torture for refusing to remain quiet regarding the rights of others, particularly religious freedom under the Communist rule in Hungary. This man is Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, the namesake of the former high school by the same name that once graced Dunkirk.



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