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The memorial of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s prime minister during the 1956 revolution, was removed from Martyrs’ Square near Parliament in the early hours of Friday morning.

Tamás Wachsler, the chief coordinator of reconstruction on the area around Parliament, said in a statement that the square’s rehabilitation has got under way in line with the relevant government decision. The scheme’s first step was the removal of the Imre Nagy memorial for restoration, he said.

Hungary’s committee in charge of major memorial sites gave its preliminary consent to the square’s reconstruction on December 7. The project involves the relocation of the Imre Nagy memorial to nearby Jászai Mari Square, at the Pest head of Margaret Bridge, which Wachsler said could happen before June 16 next year, the anniversary of Nagy’s execution in 1958.

Wachsler has said then that

the Imre Nagy memorial will be replaced by a reconstructed post-WWI monument dedicated to the martyrs of the communist Red Terror in 1919.

The decision to relocate the statue has received criticism by Katalin Jánosi, Nagy’s granddaughter, as well as the Imre Nagy Association.

Nagy’s statue, depicting the martyred prime minister on a bridge, was inaugurated on June 6, 1996, his birth centenary.

Source: MTI

  1. If Hungary is such a great place, then why don’t Hungarians deserve democracy and liberty? Why do they vilify other cultures while ignoring that Russian culture is also a “different” culture, yet that one seems OK with them? People who are secure and confident don’t need to kick others to feel good. They’re becoming the tools of the Russian empire builders exactly as Imre Nagy warned. If you don’t understand why Imre Nagy is a symbol of democracy, despite being a socialist, rest assured that even an English only speaker can find enough written in English about him to find out what I mean. Start with the quotes on the Imre Nagy Memorial House website and then look for the biographies. There are lots of sources. His experience of communism, as it happened, is exactly like my grandmother’s. It was a great idea at the time, and then forced collectivization was the jackboot that killed it. The library of congress has letters from that era describing the horrors of famine in Russia under Stalin. Read them. Learn why socialists turned to democracy back in the 1950s, and away from the Warsaw Pact. In a few decades, someone else may be saying those words again, because Hungary didn’t learn from its history the first time. at least Orban didn’t.

  2. As far as I know what Nagy wanted for Hungarians in 1956 is what Austrians already had got for themselves in 1955.

    From what I can tell…if Stalin had still been around, he would have given it to Hungarians…as he already had declined an Offer to have a
    ” Slavic Corridor” cut to Yugoslavia between Austria & Hungary.

    The Rookie, Khrushchev, did not have the Authority of Stalin…& his Response was to have Nagy tortured to Death…buried Face down with his Hands tied behind his Back with Barbed Wire.

    Hungary, to this Day, Still does not have the Freedom that Nagy saw for his Country that came by Way of the Austrian “Staatsvertrag” of 1955.

    Y’all can believe this or not believe it…but Dr. Bruno Kreisky, picked Your Truly (anAmerican) above all Austrians, to be his Successor on Matters of the 1995 Staatsvertrag as it applies to the States of Central Europe.

    I am in Awe of Imre Nagy

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