1956: The Hungarian Revolution

As WW2 was ending, the Soviet "Red Army" had liberated many countries in Eastern Europe. Then, they tried to spread their influence of communism.

How did the communist Hungarian leader, Rakosi, secure a one-party dictatorship?

Why did Hungarians hate life under Rakosi and the Soviet communist rule?

Cracks in the Government after Stalin’s death in 1953

Hungarian freedom fighters defeated the Soviet troops and Hungarian secret police force. A number of changes were made to Hungary...

1. Soviet Tanks withdrew from Hungary

2. Prisons were opened and Prisoners of repression were let out

3. Soviet Diplomats & their families left

What made Soviet leaders worry?

Soviet Invasion of Hungary (Nov 1st)