41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
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Exhibition: Hegedűvel és puskával [with violin and gun] The role of Hungary’s Gypsies in World War I presents the work of Hungarian archeologist, historian Scholtz Róbert. The exhibition travelled from Budapest to various Hungarian county seats. In the military Gypsies were given tasks that related to their skills and regular work, or they had to guard war prisoners, or do the the lowest ranking tasks in the military such as cleaning the latrines, removing and burying the dead. They also served as spies, scouts, cavalry men, front line charging forces, sailors. Gypsy musicians were placed in miltary bands or in bands of Gypsy musicians who played in the trenches at the front.