1. The year 2005 will be determined largely by the imminence of 2006. The Institute will continue and in many respects have to complete its preparations for the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. Preparing and gathering materials for the planned works—1956 pictorial chronicle and document collection, a selection of OHA interviews, and expanded and revised edition of Csaba Békés’s The 1956 revolution in world politics, a photograph album, a facsimile of a child’s diary, scientific conferences, documentary films etc.—arranging the data and knowledge in new structures, and related organization will have to be done mainly in 2005. Several members of the Institute staff can expect important outside assignments connected with the anniversary and other domestic and international projects. (Csaba Békés, for instance, is preparing a chapter for the three-volume encyclopaedic Cambridge History of the Cold War.) In view of all this, the Institute has postponed until 2006 the project for which it had intended to make a new funding application to the NKFP (The late Kádár period—the 1970s and 1980s in Hungary).

The financial position in 2005 is likely to be more favourable than it was in 2004. The Institute’s funds from the central budget are rising and its support from the capital city can be expected to continue. However, the Institute has embarked on projects that call for make intensive demands of funds and labour, so that competitive applications for extra funding, primarily from the 1956 Memorial Committee, are essential. This will be needed primarily for the publications relating to the anniversary, and as in 2004, for the translation of earlier and further works into English and for fostering and strengthening the Institute’s international relations (primarily in Europe). If possible, the Institute’s empty ground-floor premises will be converted into a conference room, as the existing one has regularly proved too small. There is likely to be a need again in 2005 to develop the stock of computers and informatics equipment at the Institute and to replace at least one of the photocopiers.

2. A common centre of gravity for the Institute’s work will be the attractively presented summary 1956 pictorial chronicle and document collection. The editorial committee considers that the full manuscript, the typographical design and the source materials in the cd–rom supplement must be assembled by the end of the year, so that the work can appear well before October 2006. Containing a chronology, selected source materials, memoir extracts, photographs, maps, diagrams, tables, and long and short essays, it will call for effectual cooperation from all Institute staff.

3. Individual researches into the history of the 1956 Revolution are being done in 2005 by László Eörsi (the Budapest uprising and those involved), Attila Szakolczai (workers’ councils) and Éva Standeisky (civil organizations). Krisztián Ungváry and Márkus Keller are working on inter-war topics. Those who were involved in the Sixties project are continuing with individual researches begun under that project. Four members of staff are studying for their doctorates, of whom Márkus Keller will be away for the whole year on a doctoral preparatory course in Germany.

4. The Repatriated programme of interviews and analyses at the OHA will continue. A new interview programme will start with funding from the Ministry of Education, entitled The other Hungary—critical opposition movements and groups in the Kádár period, headed by Gyula Kozák and János M. Rainer. (The programme involves archive research, photograph collection and preparation of studies, and ties in with the Monor publication and the samizdat documentary film already in progress.) Solutions must be found to keeping OHA records up to date and organizing the researches, if need be by employing an assistant (research administrator) for a limited period.

5. There will be a reappraisal in 2005, along the lines described in professional debates early in the year, and the contemporary history database with Oracle-based integration will be developed accordingly. It will be necessary to clarify the sphere of possible users of the database, the question of public access to the data stored, and the methods of public access. A start will be made on renewing the Institute’s website and belatedly, the content on the 1960s will be completed. Review of the Hungarian and English data stock of the photo documentary database has to be revised and the data standardized. The preparation of documentary films on contemporary history subjects will continue—most of the funds received in 2004 from the Hungarian Historical Film Foundation can only be used in the first half of 2005, so that the Institute will resort to new funding applications only to a limited extent.

6. The following feature in the book-publication programme for 2005:

1945 és 1985 – a magyar demokrácia erői (1945 and 1985—the forces of Hungarian democracy). Yearbook 2005. December. Editors: Standeisky/Rainer.

Vidék forradalma II. köt. Dunántúl (Revolution in the provinces II. Transdanubia). June. Editor: Rainer.

A monori tanácskozás (The Monor Meeting). Facsimile samizdat and introduction. Appearing in June. Editor: Rainer.

Éva Standeisky, A hatalom és a kulturális elit. Tanulmányok (Power and the cultural elite. Studies). October, published jointly with ÁBTL.

Vademecum Contemporary History, Hungary. In English and Hungarian. October, jointly with Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur. Editors: Rainer/Topits.

Sixties in Hungary. English. December, jointly with Trondheim University. Editors: György Péteri/Rainer.

Kőrösi/Molnár: Titokkal a lelkemben (With a secret in my heart) will appear in a German edition in 2005.

German and English translations of János M. Rainer: Nagy Imre. Rövid életrajz (I. N. A short biography) will be made. (Almost 4 million forints of competitive funding has been won for the purpose from the Foreign Ministry.)

7. Four documentary films are due to be completed in 2005: Samizdat—Hungary, Freedom with a little detour, Two diaries and The janissaries of the revolution. There will be significant progress with the film 1956—history of the Hungarian Revolution.

8.1. The Institute will hold a one-day conference in June 2005 with the working title 1945—the forces of Hungarian democracy, on the intellectual and political background to the attempt at a new democratic beginning 60 years ago, with mainly the Institute staff taking part. The conference lectures will make up the bulk of the 2005 Yearbook.

8.2 Under the title Twenty years after—Monor, the presentation at Monor of a volume containing the minutes of the 1985 meeting will be accompanied by reminiscences and forward-looking discussion with participants. If the event is successful, edited material from it may also be included in the 2005 Yearbook.

9. The Institute’s main task in 2005 is scholarly preparation and organization of the approaching 50th anniversary, with all staff taking part. It is hoped that a successful preparatory year can ensure the Institute makes a decisive contribution to worthy commemoration of 1956 in Hungarian historical studies and intellectual/cultural life.




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