A great deal has been written about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; about it’s initial successes and ultimate failure, leading to the killings, execution, imprisonment, and exile of hundreds of thousands of Hungarians who were fighting to free their country from Soviet domination. Less well documented are the revolutionaries weapons.  Revolutionaries around the world use …

  • November 1, 2020
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At over 6’8″ tall, there was no missing Pal Maleter.  He was a giant. But his height was not the most extraordinary thing about him.  Maleter was a Hungarian Army Colonel and the highest ranked servicemember who switched sides during the revolution.  He was quickly promoted to General by the Nagy government and on 29 …

  • November 16, 2020
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Briefly, from the start of the revolution on 23 October 1956 and the ceasefire with the Soviet Union on 28 October, it looked as though Hungary would be allowed self-determination. On 4 November 1956 it became utterly clear that such a possibility was an absolute impossibility as Soviet tanks entered Budapest. Although it took another …

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Imre Nagy was a Hungarian leader, but he was hanged in Budapest on 16 June 1958 on the orders of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, as “a lesson to all other leaders in socialist countries.“ Nagy had not always been afoul of the Soviet government.  At birth a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Nagy was wounded …

  • June 16, 2021
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“…now that it is clear I will not retreat, that the circle outside the Secretariat, ultimately responsible for the sabotage, might have decided that it is necessary to risk having me disappear out of a window, or similarly in a fit of depression… My wife has nevertheless insisted that I should inform a few of …

  • November 30, 2020
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“We couldn’t, on one hand, complain about the Soviets intervening in Hungary, and, on the other hand, approve of the British and French picking that particular time to intervene against Nasser,” Richard Nixon. October/November 1956 was a crazy time. No less than two earth-shaking events were taking place, both intimately involving the Soviet Union and …

  • November 27, 2020
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In the end, the man who spent nine years denouncing colleagues in the Soviet Union, leading to hundreds of interrogations and at least 15 executions, was executed himself. It creates an interesting juxtaposition – the Imre Nagy of before the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and the Imre Nagy to led the short-lived government of the …

  • November 25, 2020
  • History
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“We are fully in accord with your reply to our ambassador that Nagy and the others hidden in the Yugoslav Embassy should in no way be transferred to Yugoslavia, since they were the organizers of the counter-revolutionary demonstration, and you cannot allow two Hungarian governments to exist – one in Hungary and the other in …

  • November 23, 2020
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The Hungarian fighters in 1956 were rightly admired throughout the world for their attacks on the Soviet Army with a hodgepodge of scrounged up weapons, home-made molotov cocktails, and their bare hands. But there was still quite a variety of weaponry on the Budapest streets, some of which was quite surprising and some of which, …

  • November 20, 2020
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In the secret meeting on Brioni in the wee hours of November 2 and 3 1956, Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia informed the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that members of the Nagy government in Hungary had approached the Yugoslav Ambassador, Dalibor Soldatić, and requested the possibility of asylum.  Tito informed Khrushchev that Yugoslavia would be granting …

  • November 18, 2020
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