Hungarian Revolution 1956
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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. Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty returned to Budapest on October 31, 1956, after 8 years in an AVH (Secret Police) prison in Felsoepeteny. On November 4, he fled to the US-Embassy in Budapest, where he remained until 1971. He was permitted to leave Hungary in 1971 and lived in Vienna until his death in 1975.
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 and the formerly simple meeting place had become the center of a bank, with marble floors and stucco ornaments on the walls.
Budapest revisited:For photographer Lessing,who had known them 42 years ago,the members of the Petoefi Cercle met once more in 1998, in the hall where their deliberations had triggered the Revolution of 1956. Center: Emil Horn, now curator of the Museum of the History of the Hungarian Revolution.
Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution: Martyrs' Cemetery for the victims of the repression following the Hungarian Revolution. The central monument. It is estimated that between December 1956 and June 1961, 350 to 400 people were executed for their part in the uprising.