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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At the same time of the turn of the nineteenth century that Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek of Austria-Hungary were attempting to convince Emperor Franz Josef that their marriage would not lead to the end of the Empire, another culturally inappropriate marriage was taking place between Alexander I of Serbia and Draga Lunjevica MaŇ°in.¬† Draga, …

  • June 14, 2021
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The murder of the queen had been represented to me as a deed lawful and meritorious. ¬†— Anthony Babington, executed for his part in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England It’s a strange turn of events that when assassinations are discussed, the discussion rarely includes the Hungarian Queen Elizabeth of Bosnia; …

  • June 4, 2021
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Salami tactics refers to a divide and conquer approach, which aims to split up the opposition. The expression evokes the idea of slicing up one‚Äôs opposition in the same way as one might slice up a salami. — politicaldictionary.com The entire face of the world changed when Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Nagy agreed to resign …

  • May 31, 2021
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They entered the Embassy of Yugoslavia in Stockholm at 09:45 on 7 April 1971. ¬†By 10:35 it was all over. The 1971 attack on the Yugoslav Embassy was the second such incident on a foreign delegation in 1971’s Sweden. ¬†The first incident also targeted the Yugoslavs, and took place on 10 February in Gothenburg at …

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I was arrested in 1974 because the state security service found my university diaries and their contents were judged to contain agitation and propaganda against the regime. ¬†But those diaries had never been published and no one other than myself had even read them. ¬†Nevertheless, I purposefully hid them because I knew that I might …

  • May 26, 2021
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The tiny African island of Mauritius is only slightly bigger than the City of London, and much less densely packed – slightly more than 1.2 million people versus London’s nearly 9 million. ¬† The island punched above its weight in providing heroic agents for the Allied Cause in World War II, however. ¬†One of those …

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My Dear Heart: Do not be too sorrowful and upset on account of this letter. ¬†God’s will be done. ¬†Tomorrow at ten they will cut off my head and your brother’s, too. ¬†Today we pardoned each other with all our heart. ¬†Therefor I ponder this letter and ask you for everlasting forgiveness. ¬†If I have …

  • April 30, 2021
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First Jelena Brankovińá lost her father. ¬†Then before four months could pass, in 1459 at the age of 11, she was married to the son of the King of Bosnia. ¬†Stjepan Tomasevińá had not even met Jelena, but they were married on 1 April 1459. ¬†Given that Tomasevińá had been casting around the Balkans for …

  • April 28, 2021
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I think submission to authority and absolving oneself from blame by saying that one has to obey orders are widespread… I think all medical students should be taught about the research on submissiveness being a key etiological factor in the perpetuation of atrocities. They should be fully familiar with Milgram’s work and reflect on Hannah …

  • April 21, 2021
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