Gojdu Foundation
Emanuil Gojdu, when he said that after life he will serve the nation even under the ground, he didn't say a metaphor, because, after he died in 1870, he left through will his fortune to form a Foundation.This foundation, by a good administration, became in time the greatest foundation in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, according to Mrs. Maria Berenyi, the historical scientist of this foundation.
To understand the proportions of the foundation and its purpose, it is enough to know that according to the will of the great doer of good, the Romanians from the Empire received scholarships in the great European univesity centers, as it follows:
Period Number of scholarships Help for students Student scholarships
1870 - 1900 1492 358 455
1901 - 1918 1835 570 673

After 1918, in the same time with the Unification of Transilvania with Romania, the Gojdu Foundation remained in exclusivity in Hungary. Although according to the Peace treat from Trianon, Hungary has been obliged to restitute the foundation (90% from the benefits had to be given to the orthodox Romanians from Romania, 6% to those from Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia and 4% to those from Hungary), the Hungarian officials have strategically delayed the protocol of restitution, the Hungarian Parliament ratifying just at the 20th of June 1940, for that on the 30th of August the same year, the Dictate from Viena to anulate his effect, occupying a great part of Transilvania. In 1952, the foundation has been introduced with its entire estate, by nationalizing, in the patrimony of the Hungarian state.
That state obviously didn't ever feel the desire, in these 50 years, to care for the monument of Gojdu from the Kerepesi cementery of Budapest. Even the Romanian comunity didn't care about it very much, the Romanian orthodox Vicarage of Gyula has obtained as we know, from the Hungarian state a ransom as part of the Gojdu Foudation, a summ of 30-40 bilion forints. The summ which has been integrally invested in the upgrading of the vicarage, of the main building and its red marble coverage and the employees' buildings, and not a forint to restore the grave of the great man, of whose the money were in fact; otherwise, neither for the renovation of the great Orthodox Romanian Church situated near the orthodox vicarage of Gyula. Neither the Romanian state nor the Romanian orthodox bishoprics, of whose faithful and giving servant was Gojdu in his life and after, didn't invest any money for the restoration of his grave.

Article taken from "Crisana" newspaper

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