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The “Good” Old Days: Iconic Scenes Capture The Air Of Socialism In Hungary – MOVIE!

Robert Velkey 2016.04.26.

Have you ever wondered what it may have been like to live and work in communist Hungary, or do you remember those times? Join us in a vintage, nostalgic time travel back to the “good old days” of Hungary.

First of all: Work, work, work! Socialist society was the society of work and proletarian internationalism.

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Just imagine that it was illegal to be unemployed. All right, so everybody had a job… and a register about jobs in the “employment book”. Not having a current place of work listed constituted a civil offence.

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Although, it was not so exhausting all the time.

It could take years to get a car… and don’t think of a great selection of models, colors, or other kinds of (luxury) extras.

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But you had to celebrate, even if you didn’t want to… There is no communist system without communist, monumental, self-justifying celebrations.

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The socialist leaders of the education knew very well that the future is the young generation. The pioneer and little drummer movement was a false copy of scouting extended with socialist ideology.

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When you didn’t need (or could not get?) anything else except a “lángos” and a beer.

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But the Balaton was the Riviera those days too.

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One iconic symbol of the Socialist era is “Túró Rudi”, a dessert bar of cottage cheese coated in chocolate that has retained its enormous popularity among Hungarians ever since. Look for the red dots-on-white wrapping in shop refrigerators across the country!

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Rock music, often featuring covertly anti-system messages and idols taking the system’s boundaries to the limit, was highly popular in an age when freedom of speech and foreign travel was limited. Pictured, a concert of the legendary rock band Omega with lead singer János Kóbor in the foreground, Miskolc, 1983.

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To sum up and start the real time travel, let’s have a look at the era from the point of view of official propaganda.

via: budapestretro.weebly.com; mult-kor.hu
photos: napitortenelmiforras.blog.hu; retronom.hu; zsiguli.hu; hajdu-negyessy.blogger.hu; mult-kor.hu; ilovebalaton.hu; mnm.hu