Joint production of Katona József Theatre and Hungarian Ensemble of Népszínház Subotica
Hermina G. Erdélyi
|Assistant to costume-designer||Emese Pirityi|
|Music||ifj. Géza Kucsera|
|Directed by||Gábor Máté|
In 1941, Hitler asks the Hungarian government to make it possible for the German
troops to march through the country, in exchange for the recognition of their demands for
Yugoslavian territories. Otherwise they tear down Hungary. Because of this desperate
situation, the prime minister Pál Teleki commits suicide, and his successor, Miklós
Horthy gives permission for the Germans. Hungary turns against the Western European
authorities. After the secession of Crotaia (since these events ended Yugoslavia that had
signed the Treaty of Eternal Friendship with Hungary) Hungarian troops march in the
Yugoslavian territories with the cleanup of Újvidék (“cold days”) at the beginning of 1942,
that claims a lot of local victims...
...which is followed by severe punishment in 1944.Yugoslavian communist partisan corps
take their revenge exultantly. The unprotected Hungarian people are considered to be
guilty collectively. They are considered to be fascist. Regardless of age and gender.
There are no legal actions taken, there is only torturing, lynching, relocations and mass
This unique venture of Katona József Theatre and the Hungarian Company of Folk
Theatre in Szabadka is primarily based on the confessions of several witnesses or
descendants. In that way, the play wants to give an accurate but incredible image of
something that we almost have forgotten because people’s silent dread had lasted for
decades. They did not dare to do anything but raising their hands and remaining silent...
Because terror have had a long arm. An arm that got a hold of the recent past as well.
Premiere: 4 October 2014 (Szabadka), 8 November (Kamra)
Not recommended for ages under 16.