Jewish mementos in Györ-Moson-Sopron Comitatus

Between Györ and Abda

Sculpture of Miklós Radnóti

The sculpture of Miklós Radnóti on the road to Abda indicates that the poet was shot and buried in a mass grave towards the end of the second World War. It is a piece by sculptor Miklós Melocco.

The mortal remains of Miklós Radnóti were found in a mass grave near Abda. The poet was shot a the field by Györ in 1944 together with the other laborers forced to work in the concentration camp. In Radnóti’s bag the Bori notebook was found which holds his last poems, among which is the poem entitled “Gewaltmarsch” (forced march).

Radnóti's Memorial

The memorial is located by the main country road M1 from Györ towards Abda, turning right by the Rábca bridge it can be found on the right dam of the Rábca, roughly 300 meters further down.

The site of the assassination of the poet and his labor comrades is now marked by a tombstone consisting of several elements and fenced in in the middle of a birch forest. The first elements is the red marble memorial plaque put up in the 1960s. The memento was now incorporated into the new memorial group. Behind the plaque on a red marble column stands the bust of Miklós Radnóti, a piece by László Alexovics. Behind the bust a huge limestone block symbolizing a flame indicates the poet's genius. To the right of the bust a marble plaque holds the names of the laborers executed with him as they are found in the exhumation record of 1946. An adorned road leads from the dam to the memorial which too is encased with decorations.

by Johannes Scholem Graf & Alexandra Vogt

2012.05.26