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IN MEMORIAM 1956: Then And Now – Iconic Scenes Of The 1956 Revolution Sixty Years Ago And Today

On the occasion of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 revolution and war for independence, we pay tribute to the heroes by publishing our new 10-chapter series called “In Memoriam 1956”. This week we take a look at the iconic scenes of the revolution.

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Major thoroughfares and public squares were the scenes of the heaviest fighting between freedom-fighters and invading Soviet troops during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and freedom fight. Below, you can see how photographs taken at the time – and made available through the digital photography archive Fortepan –  compare with today’s street scenes across Buda and Pest. Which of the locations are familiar to you?

1Móricz Zsigmond körtér, facing Bartók Béla út (Buda, District XI)

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Rákóczi út, at the corner of Akácfa utca (Pest, District VII)

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Fehérvári út, photographed from Móricz Zsigmond körtér (Buda, District XI)

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Margaret Bridge

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Blaha Lujza tér (Pest, District VIII)

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Móricz Zsigmond körtér (Buda, District XI)

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Üllői út at the corner of Corvin köz (Pest, District VIII)

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Köztársaság tér, headquarters of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party (today: II. János Pál pápa tér, Pest, District VIII)

via abcug.hu
photos: Fortepan; fotomuveszet.net

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PREVIOUSLY ON “IN MEMORIAM 1956”

1. THE FOUR BEST HUNGARIAN MOVIES ON THE 1956 REVOLUTION – TRAILERS!

2. RADIO FREE EUROPE – THE VOICE OF THE FREE WORLD BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

3. WALL OF IMRE NAGY’S CABINET MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY

4. THE “LADS OF PEST” – THE TEENAGERS AT THE HEART OF ANTI-SOVIET RESISTANCE

5.  FIVE INFAMOUS ENEMIES OF THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION