Bishop Marton's statue unveiled in Ader's presence in C Romania
The statue of Aron Marton, the ethnic Hungarian bishop of Alba Iulia (Gyulafehervar) from 1939 to 1980, was inaugurated on the main square of Miercurea Ciuc (Csikszereda), in central Romania's Szekler Land region, on Sunday
Citing the bishop, the president said that "working for the nation is not a separate profession but a duty inseparable from any profession." Marton led his congregation, church, community and nation as a general and served them as a servant, Ader said.
Aron Marton (1896-1980) was a prominent representative of Hungarian public life in Transylvania. In 1944, he condemned the planned deportation of Hungarian and Romanian Jews. For his activities during this period, he was awarded the title "Righteous Among the Nations" by the Yad Vashem institute in Jerusalem in 1999.
A committed advocate of religious freedom and human rights, Marton became an outspoken opponent of Romania's dictatorial communist regime. He was arrested in 1949 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1951. Upon international pressure, he was ultimately released in 1955 but was not allowed to leave the bishopric building from 1956 to 1967.