The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956.    The revolt began as a student demonstration which attracted thousands as it marched through central Budapest to the Parliament building...

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November

In front of the offices of the Secret Police, members of the Hungarian insurrection destroy Soviet propaganda and portraits of Stalin. Budapest, 1956. Photo by Erich Lessing. "The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the government of the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies. Despite the failure of the uprising, it was highly influential, and came to play a role in the downfall of the Soviet Union decades later.

In front of the offices of the Secret Police, members of the Hungarian insurrection destroy Soviet propaganda and portraits of Stalin. Budapest, Photo by Erich Lessing.

UNGARN, 10.1956.Budapest, VIII. Bezirk.Ungarn-Aufstand / Hungarian uprising 23.10.-04.11.1956:.Sowjetische Panzerabwehrkanonen in der Práter...

1956 uprising in colour, Budapest, Hungary

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(Hungarian) Magyar gerillas against Communist Regime.

Budapest, Hungary, Revolutions

Nagy Imre Memorial    A poignant reminder of 1956 and the failed revolution. Imre Nagy, the then Prime Minister, looks across the space that divides him from the Parliament of an Independent Hungary that he wouldn`t live to see.

Nagy Imre Memorial A poignant reminder of 1956 and the failed revolution. Imre Nagy, the then Prime Minister, looks across the space that divides him from the Parliament of an Independent Hungary that he wouldn`t live to see.

Budapest. October 1956. Jozsef MINDSZENTY, after his release from prison. Under Hugarian Communism, Protestants, Catholics and Jews were fairly free to exercise their religion but leaders of the Christian churches were persecuted. © Erich Lessing/Magnum Photos

October Jozsef MINDSZENTY, after his release from prison. Under Hugarian Communism, Protestants, Catholics and Jews were fairly free to exercise their religion but leaders of the Christian churches were persecuted.

truck with Hungarian youths, holding white flag with Red Cross marked in by blood speeding through revolution torn Budapest, Oct. 29, 1956.

truck with Hungarian youths, holding white flag with Red Cross marked in by blood speeding through revolution torn Budapest, Oct.

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Hungary, Revolution, Roots

On the night of the 23 October 1956, First Secretary Ernő Gerő broadcast a speech condemning the writers' and students' demands. Angered by this, some demonstrators decided to remove Stalin's 30-foot-high bronze statue that was erected in 1951 on the site of a church which was demolished to make room for the monument. By 21:30, the statue was toppled and crowds celebrated by placing Hungarian flags in Stalin's boots which was all that was left of the statue

The Levada independent polling centre said the figure was at a 'maximum level' for its pol.

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