"Schwarzer Tag des deutschen Heeres",  the Black Day of the German Army – this is how Erich Ludendorff, (one of) the supreme leader(s) of the empire characterised 8 August 1918. And this day was only the beginning of the series of attacks called Hundred Days Offensive in German military history launched by the Entente that decided the First World War between August 8 and November 11 in 1918. This latter day was the date of signing the capitulation in Compiègne and of the end of the war.    read more...
The separate peace treaty between the central powers and Romania was signed in Bucharest on May 7, 1918. The agreement was not in force for a long time, it only had one (more) lasting result: the unification of Romania and Bessarabia was recognized by Germany and its three allies, including the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Pesti Napló wrote in vein after the execution: "today we shall be glad that the people of the Hungarian border could go to sleep in peace in Székelyföld and Saxon towns". read more...
Bulgaria collapsed at the end of September 1918 – this opened the Balkan front for progressing Entente troops. The Bulgarians concluded armistice and left the First World War, which made the loss of the war clear for the German leadership as well. However, the fall of the German Chancellor, Hertling was only the beginning of political changes that took place in central powers.  read more...
The Monarchy's authorities were surprised that in early 1918, before the separate peace with the Bolsheviks, more and more Austrian-Hungarian prisoners of war escaped over the Front and tried to come home. Because of internal social tensions, authorities in Vienna and Budapest took various precautionary measures. The Hungarian Minister of Defence justified why the prisoners of war are placed into a four-week "moral quarantine" after the health care quarantine with an egregious statement:  to "transform them into humans". In fact, authorities were afraid of the spread of Bolshevik ideology - but they could not prevent it: several future leaders of the Hungarian Soviet Republic had been Russian prisoners of war.  read more...
Autumn brought a terrible pandemic for Budapest and the country in 1918. It was the Spanish flu, upon the outbreak of which, in June a part og the Hungarian press made a poor out with their fake news, with belittling the danger, but Pesti Hírlap still lied to their readers even in the most severe moments of the pandemic, in autumn. The responsibility of the government, the capital and the public health authorities is just as severe: they were unable to solve the absence of doctors and medicine and the lack of organization also prevented them from coping with the pandemic, which mainly decimated the population of the back-country, and especially lively young adults from September 1918.  read more...
Világ (World) reported on a big – and regarding the propaganda about the domination of the Central Powers, understandable – success on December 4, 1914.: after about four months of battles and offensives in November by the 5th And 6th troops, the victory was near on the South Front since the forces of the Monarchy took Belgrade, „the last Serbian hope” on December 2, 1914.  read more...
The international scientific conference ’Memory and Memorialization of WWI in East Central Europe: Past and Present’ of the Institute of Political History focused on the questions of historiography, history teaching and collective memory. read more...
“He is like to be born in 1916, he would never have to wage war” – this sentence is told in the Italian film The Great War about a one-year old child. This proved to be naive hope. Anno Movie Club screened and discussed the 1959 film of Mario Monicelli. read more...
The British documentary film about The battle of the Somme was a real blockbuster, but it did not mention the fact that 400 thousand British, 200 thousand French and 450 German soldiers died to push the frontline 5 kilometres further. “Greeting cards” thrown with bombs and pen campaign in London against the coward. Geoffrey Malins’ and John McDowwell’s silent film in the Anno Movie Club. read more...
Cowardice, denial of commands, desertion were the reasons of execution of several thousand soldiers by their own side in WWI. The French once decimated one of their units, but this ruthless means of disciplining troops was most often applied in the Monarchy. The Anno Movie Club presented Stanley Kubrick’s The Paths of Glory.  read more...
The Battle of Gallipoli contributed to the birth of the Australian, New-Zealand and the Turkish nation. The Anno Movie Club screened Peter Weir’s Gallipoli. read more...
The Anno Movie Club discussed the most moving episode of the trench warfare of WWI, the common front Christmas of those soldiers who had been killing each other for months after the film ‘Joyeux Noël’. Why did the court-martial sentence a cat to death? What was the football match on no-man’s-land like? read more...