All of the Danube bridges and more than 32 thousand buildings had been destroyed in the siege of Budapest.

During the World War II, Budapest had been destroyed in a huge amount. The Danube’s gem had been bombed by the allies and the red army’s siege had made a terrible destruction in February. The siege of the ‘Second Stalin city’ had caused destruction or damage in 27 percent of the city’s buildings; more than 32 thousands of residences had been destroyed or damaged, moreover, all of the Danube bridges had been ruined – said the Múlt-kor, which recalled the terrible state by the Fortepan’s pictures. The added some pictures from the ruined Budapest.

The destroyed Chain Bridge with the Sándor Palace in the background


The Deák Ferenc street turning to the Deák Ferenc square; the Anker house in the behind

Piroska Szántó, who was 31 years old at the siege of Budapest, has remembered to those days:

’In the mornings, I had gone to the city with rope and pick to find wood in the ruins; unfortunately, men are stronger than I am and they were able to pick up whole bunch of wood until it had lasted. But in the middle of February, there was vaguely any more; it was no use to climb into ruined buildings in the Inner city because there was no more. Even the inner city’s stores were broken in and the last woods had been taken.

By the time I had reached the Danube shore, there were 5 other women alongside me, dressed in tattered clothes. Most of them were looking for wood because the fire was essential: it lighted up and gave warm but also, food could be made on it. But there was nothing, the Danube was becoming grey in front of us. I stared at the muddling water and I noticed the remained Danube’s pool. It was a green wood construction; half of it was on the shore, probably because of the bombing. After 10 minutes, there was no more Danube pool, only long, thick woods in the shoulders of the women.’

The Széll Kálmán square and the National Archive tower

More pictures HERE.

Based on the article
Translated by Andrea Tóth


  1. The moral of the story: Don’t join a war if you’re not prepared to lose it. And when you do, try not to whine.

  2. @Araf,
    Who’s whining ?! It was a World War the country didn’t want. See, now if you take your morals back to your “Stan’s” and rule out your Kafirs.
    Maybe your world can live in better peace too.

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