Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ghosts of Budapest – Emotional Then and Now Pictures Show the Hungarian Uprising of 1956

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 or the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 was a nationwide revolt against the government of the Hungarian People's Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Though leaderless when it first began, it was the first major threat to Soviet control since the USSR's forces drove out Nazi Germany from its territory at the end of World War II and broke into Central and Eastern Europe.

Here are some incredible then and now photos that show street scenes of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.

At Köztársaság tér (Place of Republic, recently renamed after John Paul II)

A barricade on Móricz Zsigmond körtér in 1956 (currently the corner building is a KFC restaurant).

On Köztársaság tér (Place of Republic, recently renamed after John Paul II) was a scene of lynching after the people sieged the communist party headquarters, defended by the hated secret police AVH.

Graffiti on right hand side: Death to ÁVO [Hungary's secret police during the Stalinist rule].

The ghost of revolutionaries and a tank they seized in Budapest's fashionable Újlipótváros district.

Bratislava road

King Street

Elisabeth Boulevard

Elisabeth Boulevard

(Photos from Daniel Antal)

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