|This photo shows the Hungarian countryside in the 1930s, only a few years before World War II and the Soviet army invasion. They obviously are in no way able to fight off the oncoming Soviet army of tanks and machine guns and thousands of troops.|
by A KUVASZ ÉS MI ALAPITVÁNY, The Kuvasz and We Non-Profit Foundation
On this day we would remember to those Kuvaszes and other breeds of dogs who sacrificed their life for those who were the most important for them, for people.
Why September 15th?
Because around this time in the autumn of 1944 the Soviet army stepped into the area of the Karpathian basin and started the biggest known slaughter of the Kuvasz population. We at A KUVASZ ÉS MI ALAPITVÁNY in Budapest would like if this not so well-known historical fact would not sink into oblivion.
For those who do not know about this period, we would sum up what happened from the autumn in 1944, here and on our Facebook page at A KUVASZ ÉS MI ALAPITVÁNY:
In the middle of September 1944 started the marching of the Soviet army from more directions into the Karpathian basin. Crowds of people fled from their farms and left the small villages when they heard about the arrival of the front lines. Besides saving the lives of people, saving the guarding kuvaszes as well was out of the question.
NOTE: In Oct. and Nov. of 2018, NATO held military exercises in Iceland and Norway. Bjørn Olav of Fjellflokken Kuvasztenyészet Kennel in Norway shares these photos of his Kuvaszok standing up to the tanks at their fenceline, exactly as their ancestors did in World War II.
Brave Jens, in the lower left corner of the photo, challenges the military tank at his fence.
Click here for the photos: Jens-and-Kaszon-protect-against-army-tanks