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Budapest in 1956
Heard about the story of Budapest in 1965? Do you know about the Hungarian Uprising? Well, the Budapest in 1956 is actually one of the most told stories of the early days. It was not only known throughout Hungary, but also in the whole continent of Europe and the Americas. Several write ups came out bearing everything about the Uprising, and what happened in Budapest in 1956 once became a common household talk, and a bit of it is even told until these days.
So what really happened in Budapest in 1956?
According to several stories, the city of Budapest in 1956 was visited by one of the country's political problems. It was ruled by the Communist Russia led by Stalin, and anyone who tried to challenge the rule is destined to pay the price. The power of the Communist Russia did not cease even after the death of Stalin in 1953. Moscow still ruled the city, putting thousands of troops and tanks in Hungary. The power further increased when a new Russian leader stepped on the floor to continue the ruling. The Hungarian leader named Rakosi was forced to resign, and although the Hungarian masses hoped for better treatment, they were given a bad harvest and even shortages in fuel production.
With that situation, the Budapest Uprising came out on October 23, 1956 when a number of workers and students marched on the streets of the city shouting their so-called 'Sixteen Points'. The Points include more supply of food, personal freedom, removal of the secret police and the Russian control, among many others.
Another important highlight of Budapest in 1956 is the selection of Imre Nagy as prime minister of the country, as well as Janos Kadar as the minister of the foreign affairs. These two leaders were taught to uphold liberality while ruling. As a result, the Red Army started to pull out causing Nagy to mandate political parties once again. From that time, one of the most popular men who criticize the Russian rule was released from prison. The man was Cardinal Mindszenty.
On the 31st of October, 1956, Imre Nagy informed the people about the country's withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact. The Russians were then pulled away, triggering Kadar to step out from the government. Kadar, however, established a new rule in the eastern part of Hungary with the support of the Soviet. The tanks provided by the Soviet ran to the center of Hungary in the 4th of November and killed hundreds of people. The dead bodies were dragged around the city showing the fate of those who would protest against them.
Several reports have it that Budapest in 1956, following the attack of the Soviet experienced loss of thousands of people. About 30,000 people were put to death, while about 200,000 left from the city to seek for peace. Nagy was also executed in Budapest in 1956 and his body was hidden in an unmarked grave. After that mishap, order was again restored and Kadar was put to jail. That time, the Soviet rule was redeveloped.