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An exhibition in Noirmoutier

 

 

 

„Daily Life in Noirmoutier; from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the United States”

From 11 November 2014 to November 2015, Noirmoutier, Musée du Château, France

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of civil internment of Hungarians in France in 1914 an exhibition opens on November 11 in the castle of Noirmoutier, once the so-called „Black Castle”. The exhibiton, staged in the main hall, on the first floor of the castle displays items and documents selected by Éva Jeney curator, relating to the lives of Hungarians in captivity during World War I. The exhibition centers around the famous and emblematic novel (The Black Castle) by Aladár Kuncz, which also serves as a valuable source of information.  The memory of his fellow captives (Gyula Soltész, Hungarian teacher, Andor Németh writer, Géza Bárczi linguist, Imre Lakatos journalist, editor, essay writer, Gusztáv Rab, the ’’Hungarian Flaubert’’ of the turn of the century Gergely Finta sculptor also known as Oszkár Zádory ) is evoked by photos and short biographies, while daily life in the internment camp is depicted with the aid of manuscripts, photos, everyday objects and works of arts created by the captives.

The exhibition has been realised in the cooperation of County Vendée, the town of Noirmoutier, Friends Society of Noirmoutier, Kuncz Foundation and the Balassi Institute in Paris, under the patronship of the National First World War Memorial Committe of France.

 


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