Árpád Göncz, first President of Republic of Hungary, former participant of the 1956 Revolution died on 6 October, 2015. He was also the founding member of the board of 1956 Institute Foundation in 1989. Mr. Göncz was interviewed on his life-course by András B. Hegedüs, first in 1985 and later in 1990, just after his election to President. Edited text of the lengthy interview is available here.
ABOUT US The 1956 Institute was established on June 17, 1989, the day after the reburial of Imre Nagy and his fellow martyrs. First it was working as a private foundation, then became a public foundation in the spring of 1995 by government decision in view of the important public task it performed. The founding...>>>
A WITNESS TO THE PAST. SALVAGING HUNGARY'S ARCHIVAL HERITAGE An international petition protesting the Government of Hungary’s planned legislation to allow for the destruction of archival documents pertaining to the country’s communist secret police. Submitted to the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Ottawa and to the European Union Delegation to Canada Edited by: Christopher Adam
"Crimes of Communism" An international conference was held in Prague on February 24-6, 2010. The 1956 Institute was one of the co-organizers and cooperating partners in the conference. The organizers requested certain three national institutions to prepare national reports. The Hungarian report was prepared by János M. Rainer.
János Rainer M.: The Agent. Fragments on State Security and Middle Class Values in Kádárist Hungary
Issue nr. 22 of TSEECS (Norwegian University of Science and Technology Program on East European Culture and Societies, Trondheim) has been published! The issue carries János M. Rainer's study, The Agent. Fragments on State Security and Middle Class Values in Kádárist Hungary. This is an exemplary piece of scholarly handicraft that exploits the files of the political police of the Kádár era to generate fascinating and most valuable insight into the social and cultural history of socialist Hungary's Bildungsbürgertum in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Rainer is Director of the 1956 Isntitute, one of Hungary's leading research institution in the study of contemporary history.
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THE OTHER HUNGARY Critical and opposition movements and groups in Hungary’s Kádár period
LOSONCZY GÉZA halálának 52. évfordulóján 2009. december 21-én 11 órakor felavatták Kalmár János szobrászművész reliefjét. Az újságíró-politikus életpályáját Kövér György történész méltatta. A beszédét itt olvashatja el.