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    The Sztalinvaros(now Dunapentele)steelplant was the flagship and pride of Hungarian industry under Communism. Yet labour unrest began among the steel- workers months before the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution.Dunapentele,1956

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    Andras Hegedues,Prime Minister in Communist Hungary (1955-1956,right),next to Isztvan Dobi,former Prime Minister and member of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Communist Party.

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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.

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    Daily Life in Communist Hungary: a couple strolls along the Danube. Budapest,summer 1956.

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    Production meeting in Sztálinváros in the early summer of 1956.

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    Meeting of the regional council of the National Front, summer 1956. Matyas Rakosi (1892-1971),Secretary General of the Hungarian Communist Party,talking to (l.to r):Reformed bishop Albert Bereczky,Rabbi Benjamin Schwarz,Catholic bishop Endre Hamvas and Prime Minister Hegedues.Facing the camera is Father Horvath,a Peace pastor.

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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. A Soviet major lies dead on Ulloei ut, near the Killian barracks, where Col. Maleter held out until November 8.

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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. In front of the Parliament building, Hungarians read leaflets published by the insurgents. In it, they announce the retreat of the Soviet troops and write about leaving the Warsaw Pact.

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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.

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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. Outside the former central office of Szabad Nép, crowds try to catch the first edition of "Függetlenség" (Independence).

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    Imre Nagy, Hungarian liberal Reform-Communist, at his home with his granddaughter Katalin. Hungarian Prime Minister from 1953-1955, destituted by the Stalinists under Matyas Rakosi and made Prime Minister at the beginning of the Revolution on October 24, 1956. After the Soviets crushed the Revolution, Nagy was imprisoned and executed in June 1958. See 98-01-19/21,37 and 98-01-07/13A

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    Attila Szigethy (left, in profile), head of Györ's Transdanubian National Council during the days of the Revolution. Szigethy was arrested in 1957. In prison, he committed suicide under unexplained circumstances.

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    The Hungarian Revolution began with a first mass-rally in Budapest on October 23,1956.It was crushed by Soviet troops after days of street-fighting.By December 1956 155.000 refugees had crossed the Austro-Hungarian frontier.They were first received in Andau-camp. A tired refugee at Andau camp.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian revolution. Members of the Works Council of the Dunapentele steelworks discuss the post-revolution situation. Dunapentele, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. In the very cold winter of 1956/57 people hurry through the streets of downtown Budapest, past ruins from heavy fighting. In the foreground, a makeshift stand with hardware.

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. On Rakoczi-ut people pick through the rubble of a burnt-out clothing store. Budapest, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. On Rakoczi-ut people pick through the rubble of a burnt-out clothing store. Budapest, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Ruined shopfronts in the streets of downtown Budapest, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. A Budapest street in the winter of 1956. Torn flags, rubble and snow. Budapest, 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. People walking through rubble-strewn streets past damaged buildings. Budapest, December 1956

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    Aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. A woman carrying a Christmas tree. The winter of 1956 was bitterly cold; food and fuel were scarce.

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    Budapest revisited 42 years after the Hungarian Revolution: Imre Mecs, President of the Defence Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly. After the Revolution, Mecs was sentenced to death, but pardoned minutes before his execution. Budapest, 1998

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    The "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe into East and West also divided Austria and Hungary. Between 10 May and early September 1956, in a brief thaw before the revolution, Hungarian soldiers cleared the area of mines and took down the barbed-wire fences on the Austrian border, 1956.

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    The meeting on June 27, 1956, was held in the main hall of the Budapest Officers' Club. It dealt with the press- and information poilcy of the Communist government.

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