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. Destroyed Soviet tanks and artillery on Erzsebet Koerut in downtown Budapest, an insurgent member of the Hungarian Army. 1956. Erich Lessing photography
In front of the offices of the Secret Police, members of the 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, lasting from 10/23 until 11/10...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."
Hungary. Erich Lessing was in Poland, but history was being written in Hungary. So on 24 October he took a plane back to his native Vienna, then drove to Budapest. He had only just crossed the border when he photographed rebel soldiers taking down Lenin's portrait at city hall in Györ. "Even if Soviet domination lasted another thirty years", Lessing would comment fifty years later," this was the prelude to its end".