The opening of the exhibition “Poles and Hungarians – sabre fellows”
The title of the exhibition pertains to the famous saying “Pole and Hungarian cousins be, good for fight and good for party”, which is constantly true. There is enough proof for this amazing familiarity brought by great Poles and Hungarians, who were bound with each other. Many litographs, sabres and uniforms were chosen to present the most significant accents of the thousand-year Polish-Hungarian friendship. The exhibition is a part of the second edition of the Sabre Day, which takes place on 11th October 2015 in the Polish Army Museum.
The grand opening of the exhibition took place on 7th October at 4:00 pm. Professor Zbigniew Wawer, the director of the Polish Army Museum, together with his team, were the hosts. The Hungarian Embassy was represented by László Vizi, the former ambassador, and Zsombor Zeöld, the cultural attaché. Norbert Máday, the founder of the Hungarian Sabre Fencing School, also said a few words of introduction. After the official part he also talked about the history of the exhibits to the visitors.
Józef Bem – Hungarian national hero
We extracted the strongest accents out of the thousand-year Polish-Hungarian friendship. The exhibits present the story of the general Józef Bem who fought for the independence of Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution 1848-49 and became a Hungarian national hero. Hungarians still commemorate Józef Bem. In almost every Hungarian town and city we can find a Józef Bem monument, street, avenue or square. The collected litographs, sabres and sculptures show the history of his involvement in the war of Hungarian freedom.
The presence of Hungarians in the Polish history is crucial, although we do not always notice it. Stephen Báthory, the king of Poland and the king of Transylvania, is especially of merit for our army. It was because of him that the Polish army was reformed in the 16th century and was considered invincible. He introduced a sabre into the basic armament of a soldier which was an essential. It ousted the earlier dominant swords, and later became the Polish national weapon. The beautiful Polish-Hungarian sabres are on display.
Major János Kevey in Poland
Hungarians taught us not only how to make sabres, but also the swordsmanship. The exhibits will remind of the source of knowledge which was so important to our grandfathers before World War II: the prestigious Miklós Toldi Royal Hungarian Institute of Military Sports and Fencing. This is the place where we brought swordsmen during the Interwar period from. The major János Kevey, who was bound with Poland by the history for many years, came from the institute. He trained Polish fencers before the war, and after the war he became the trainer of the Polish national sport fencing team. Thanks to the methodology of Miklós Toldi, Kevey managed to teach a successful Polish fencing team, with Jerzy Pawłowski being in the lead.
The exhibition “Poles and Hungarians – sabre fellows” is a part of the Sabre Day 2015. The Sabre Day as well as the exhibition “Poles and Hungarians – sabre fellows” is an initiative of the Hungarian-Polish Fencing School, organized in cooperation with the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw and is co-financed in the framework of the Hungarian-Polish Non-governmental Co-operation Programme under the auspices of the Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw. The Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw is the event partner.