Women are heros too - Hungarian female fates in World War I


14/11/2018 - 24/01/2019

Women are heros too - Hungarian female fates in World War I

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As the first modern war, World War I meant far more than great armies locked in conflict against one another: the powers at war also strove to mobilize every aspect of society in the interest of victory. For Hungary, this war therefore demanded much more than the contributions made by conscription-aged men: the roughly 11 million women living in Hungary at this time also did their part for the war effort. The aim of this exhibition is to present a few, representative glimpses of their wartime struggles and sacrifices.
Other than a few very rare, yet fascinating cases, women did not march into battle: their equally important duties lay elsewhere. While the traditional roles of supporting the troops or nursing the wounded was still expected of women, it was also up to them to fill the absence of millions of men needed to support agriculture and the economy. As the war continued to drag on, a nation’s ability to maintain production became vitally important: since the majority of manufactured goods and foodstuffs were sent to the front, those back home faced increasingly diminished circumstances. Frequently thrust into the position of supporting their families, women bore the brunt of this burden. Yet those waiting on the homefront did not suffer from material privation alone: far worse was the mental anguish they endured while agonizing over the fates of beloved sons, brothers, or husbands. This exhibition pays tribute to their hope that everything would be all right—their loved ones would come back from battle unscathed. To their grief over those captured, injured, or returned home missing limbs or racked by illness. To the hundreds of thousands of personal tragedies evoked by the words: “He died a hero’s death, in the service of his country.”

After the opening, Panni Demeter folk singer and her musicant friends will perform soldier songs from the first World War.
"Soldiersongs in old and new versions" - traditional Gyimes songs with flute and gardon, melodies from Kalotaszeg and Mezőség with guitar.
Demeter Panni (vocal, gardon), Bence Antonovits (flute), Benjamin Clement (guitar)

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