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The statue of Imre Nagy, the prime minister during the 1956 revolution, looking at the building of the Parliament.
This will be a long post so only read if you are interested in history. :)

Imre Nagy was a reform communist, who worked on the elimination of Stalin’s legacy in the first part of the ‘50-es. By 1955 he was pushed out of power by his fellow comrades, who disapproved of his intentions on building a more humane system. On the 23 October 1956, when the revolution broke out and the revolutionists demanded him to return to return to a leading position, he first hesitated, because, being a convinced communist, he was afraid of a possible right turn as a result of the revolution. On the other hand, he thought that this is a splendid opportunity to restore his reputation after his fellow party members destroyed it a few years earlier. So he decided to accept the offer and became the prime minister on 27 October 1956. As a prime minister he refused to launch attack against the revolutionists, instead he started negotiations and offered amnesty. He also started negotiations with the Soviets on the withdrawal of Soviet troops and denounced the Warsaw Treaty, declaring that Hungary will be a neutral party between the two Superpowers.
The Soviets apparently withdrew their troops for two reasons: first, they needed to reinforce and regroup them. Secondly, those troops, have been stationed in Hungary for two years by that time and most of them refused to fight against the Hungarians. Some of them acctually joined the freedom fighters, but most of them stayed neutral and instead of engaging in fights, they engaged in spontaneous picnics with the Hungarian people on the top of their tanks. I guess, that later they didn’t get medals for doing so…
On the 4th November 1956, Soviet troops launched their counter attack against the Hungarian revolution. Some sources claim that they had 1200 tanks, while others talk about 2000. The Hungarian armed forces were heavily outnumbered anyway. With a few exceptions they surrendered. The countryside and the major cities basically fell within a day. Sporadic gunfights occurred, eg. at the University of Miskolc, where two students lost their lives. In Budapest, however some districts held their positions until the 11 of November 1956.
After the revolution, the new government executed Imre Nagy alongside with 235 participants of the revolution. (Some sources claim that there were more than 235 persons).
Yashica Electro 35, at f 4, ca. 1/250, Fuji APX 400 BW film (not expired this time), ND 4 filter on.

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