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    During the meeting on press and information on June 27, 1956, Sandor Nogradi, member of the Central Committee, defended the Party line against attacks from the audience.

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    A stormy meeting of the Hungarian Writers'Association showed the cracks in the Communist system: Istvan Antos, member of the Communist Party's economic committee, explained the new Five-year-Plan and noted down criti- cism. Next to him Peter Veres,president of the Writers Association.

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    Andras Hegedues,Prime Minister in Communist Hungary (1955-1956), 1956-58 emigration in Moscow, returned to Hungary, became a member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, was demoted because he opposed the Soviet intervention in Cechoslovakia in 1968. Talking to Matyias Rakosi, Secretary General of the Hungarian Communist Party and a former Prime minister (1952-53).

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    Sculptor István Kiss with friends, in front of his group of statues "György Dozsa". Dozsa was the leader of the Hungarian peasant revolt of 1514. He was executed the same year.

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    Meeting of the Council of the National Front (a Communist front-organization for religious leaders who followed the Communist line), June 2, 1956. In the center Janos Kadar (the father of "Gulyas-Communism"), just released from prison; on the right Zoltan Vas, chairman of the Land Planning Office, which organized the transfer from private agriculture to collective farming along Communist lines.

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    The Hungarian Revolution began with a first mass-rally in Budapest on October 23, 1956. It was crushed by Soviet tanks and artillery after days of street-fighting. Free newspapers (with the Hungarian national emblem) reappeared.

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    Under Hungarian Communism, Protestants, Catholics and Jews were fairly free in the exercise of their religion. Some leaders of the churches were imprisoned. The Archbishop of Kalocza, Joszef Groesz, shortly after his release from prison. Budapest, 1956

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    Under Hungarian Communism,Protestants,Catholics and Jews were fairly free to exercise their religion,but leaders of the Christian churches were persecuted. Cardinal Joszef Mindszenty after his release from prison, Budapest,October 1956.

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    Under Hungarian Communism,Protestants,Catholics and Jews were fairly free to exercise their religion,but leaders of the Christian churches were persecuted. Cardinal Joszef Mindszenty after his release from prison, Budapest,October 1956.

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    The Hungarian Revolution began with a first mass-rally in Budapest on October 23,1956.It was crushed by Soviet tanks and artillery after days of street-fighting. Wounded insurgent eating bread and butter.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Work is slowed down at the Dunapentele (Sztalinvaros) steelmill; the cokery is stoked every seventy (instead of twenty) minutes. Workers find time to discuss a reduction of the workforce with members of the works council. Dunapentele, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian revolution. Members of an agricultural cooperative meet in a local pub to discuss changes in the production plan. 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian revolution. Membership meeting of the Writers' Association on December 28, 1956, during which the Hungarian writers discussed the situation following the end of the Revolution. In January 1957 the Writers' Association was dissolved and only permitted to be reestablished in 1959.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian revolution. Membership meeting of the Writers' Association on December 28, 1956, during which the Hungarian writers discussed the situation following the end of the Revolution. The speaker is Peter Veres, chairman of the Association. In January 1957 the Writers' Association was dissolved and only permitted to be reestablished in 1959.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. On a Budapest factory wall, the letters "MSZMP" (short for "Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party") stand for an anti-Stalinist party founded on October 31, 1956 by members of the Hungarian Communist Party, under the leadership of Imre Nagy and Janos Kadar. When the revolution was crushed, Kadar adopted the name for the post-revolution Communist Party, which existed until 1989.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Membership meeting of an agricultural cooperative in Karzag in the Hungarian Puszta, the vast plain in the East of the country. Members elected officials and presidents, but voting was usually along lines prescribed by the Communist Party. Karzag, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian revolution. Membership meeting of an agricultural cooperative in Karzag in the Hungarian Puszta, the vast plain in the East of the country. Members elected officials and presidents, but voting was usually along lines prescribed by the Communist Party. Karzag, 1956

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    Meeting of the Socialist International,Vienna 1957: Anna Kehtly of Hungary,John Evatt,Australia.Kethly,a social-democratic politician and member of the (pre- Communist)Parliament,was sentenced in a show trial under Rakosi.She was a minister in the Nagy-Cabinet.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution.Andras B.Hegedues,former Secretary of the Petoefi Club,in front of the gate to the house of Imre Nagy,Prime-Minister during the Revolution.Memorial plaque at the gate.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution.Szobor Park in the outskirts of Budapest, now houses a collection of Communist statuary, In foreground statue of Arpad Szakasits,Social-democrat leader who joined the Communists.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution.Door to the headquarters of the "Corvin" group of combatants,commanded by Gergely Pongratz. Pongratz managed to flee to the United States where he became a farmer. Returned to Budapest in 1990.

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    Budapest revisited:For photographer Lessing,who had known them 42 years ago,the members of the Petoefi Club met once more in the hall where their deliberations had triggered the Revolution of 1956.Reunions were poignant Few of the old combatants had kept in touch.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution: The Martyrs' Cemetery - Rakoskereszturer Cemetery - where most of the executed insurgents were buried. In the foreground the tombstone of Ilona Toth, a physician in a Budapest hospital. The member of a group of Freedom Fighters, she was executed at age 25. Between December 1956 and June 1961, 350 to 400 people were executed because of their involvement in the Revolution.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution: Andras B. Hegedus, Secretary of the Petoefi Club in 1956 and Director of the Institute for the History of the Hungarian Revolution until his death in 2001. Above his desk hangs Lessing's photo of Petoefi-Club members Gabor Tanszos and Geza Losonczy. Losonczy died in prison in 1958.

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