Recollection of the Revolution
Personal history (Hungarian)
Compiled on the basis of interviews in the Oral History Archive by Adrienne Molnár, Zsuzsanna Kőrösi and Márkus Keller
Book and cover designed by István Molnár Iscsu
Budapest: 1956 Institute, 2006
Preface by Gyula Kozák
Change had to come
The people didn't trust Comrade Mátyás Rákosi any more
Imre Nagy takes a walk down Váci utca
The atmosphere became freer
Not a word of the accusations was true
That was enough of the League of Working Youth and the one-party system
This was the revolution itself
The star was put out
Hold out, Joe!
What do you mean over us? These guys are firing into us!
The siege of the Radio
Let's join the Pest people
A COUNTRY IN BATTLE
How could such young kids have so much bravery in them?
It wasn't a volley, it was butchery
The party leadership gave up
Gunpowder in the air
The revolution spread
The ávo fired into the crowd
THE REVOLUTION TRIUMPS
We thought the Russians would really withdraw
All the injured were treated
Imre Nagy disbanded the ÁVH
The National Guard was established
The government declared the country’s neutrality
The workers’ councils formed spontaneously
The Imre Nagy government must be supported!
All parties may operate
All political prisoners must be freed!
Did Kádár change sides, or was he kidnapped?
Russian tanks surrounded the city
THE sECOND SOVIET INTERVENTION
November 4—the Russians are coming
We took up arms
There were front conditions
In Soviet custody
Where’s the government?
Something has to be done!
The parties excluded from power
I have to leave here
The workers’ council was still active then
They steadily informed the people that they were the lords
Shall I join? Shall I take it on?
Society very soon capitulated
Index of names
List of abbreviations