I’ve written here before about Margaret’s great-great-great grandfather, Adolph Engel-Janosi (you can read that post here). A few weeks ago, Margaret’s cousin Peter (his father was Margaret’s grandfather’s cousin), as well as several others who share a common ancestry from Adolph, came to Pecs to participate in a ceremony to install a plaque on one of the buildings that Adolph built in the 1800’s. The general idea behind the event was that Adolph played a significant role in the economic and cultural development of Pecs, and that his contributions should be remembered and honored. The mayor of Pecs opened the ceremony with a longish speech about how Adolph’s life should be viewed as a model of how individuals can work hard to improve themselves in difficult times (such as Hungary’s current economic trouble).
Here are some photos from the event, including the installation, which took place the day before.
Speeches were made, in Hungarian, except, of course, for Margaret, who read her mother’s words, then her own, in English. Our dear friend, Renata, was kind enough to translate Margaret’s speech into Hungarian. Renata is tired of me thanking her and her husband, Zoltan, for helping us, but, really, we’d be lost without her. :) (That was an emoticon for Renata)
After the ceremony on the street, we all came back to our apartment and drank Pesci champagne with good cheese and bread. It was a very, very good day. I pass by the plaque nearly every day — the wreath is still hanging there, even though it would be easy for some bored kid to reach up and tear it down. It’s nice.