Lukacs Archive

3rd Jun 2018

Message from the Lukacs Archive:

We stand with the Archive. And you?

“The man, who wants to act, has not really huge opportunity for action. But there is no moment, when one could not do something.” (György Lukács)

On 24 May 2018 the last research associate of the Georg Lukács Archives of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was banned from the Archives after twenty-eight years of employment. Despite the local and international protesst the Academy with the assistance of its own library, closed the archives of the only world-renowned Hungarian philosopher, which has existed since 1972, by this decision after the liquidation of research and takeover of the manuscripts. The Archives ceased to exist as venue attracting international interest and researchers by replacing the locks on its doors.

The Lukács Archives International Foundation (LANA) continues to struggle for preserving the philosopher’s legacy with hoping for minimal success. We, who have had the opportunity to work at the Archive and/or enjoy the support and help of the Archive during our research, and for whom access to the printed and written manuscripts hold at the Archive will continue to be an ineluctable necessity in our future work, stand with them.

Therefore we repeatedly call on those responsible for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and its library to undo this decision, which not only makes the research impossible, but also extremely damages it.

Share this protest letter with organizations and/or individuals as much as possible, because the Archive under the threat of total closure, and probably this is the last opportunity to act. If you want to express your willingness to join, please, send an e-mail to We steadily update the list of signatories.