It had only just over 20 years old, but was one of the most popular monuments in Budapest: the statue of Imre Nagy, reformkommunisten who stood up against the Soviet union and took the lead of the revolt in 1956.
the Uprising ended with the 3,000 dead and the soviet tanks on the Budapest streets. Two years later hanged Nagy as ”traitors” and the remains placed in an unmarked grave.
Since 1996, he has stood there in bronze, on a man-made bridge, with his characteristic hat. The back symbolically facing a Sovjetmonument a block away, looking towards the parliament across the great Lajos Kossuth square.
the Night of Friday, he was taken away. Now graced the empty spot in the place of flowers and light candles.People gather at the site close to the Hungarian parliament where Imre Nagy stood statue until Friday, then it were taken away during the night. Photo: Peter Kohalmi/AFP
in several months, and outraged many. However, when the DN visited the site in mid-december, it was thick with Russian and English tourists who took turns to be photographed with the man in the hat. Most did not know who he was.
Among the hungarians, however, it is difficult to find a single who does not know Nagy. And in this country, where history is constantly contested, he is a figure who almost all respects.
– A national hero, the largest that we have, " said Attila Cseh, a middle-aged man with the briefcase who hurried past.
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by the National committee for the monument, but in practice, the answer is, to all appearances, Viktor Orbán.
Bronze-Nagy should not be scrapped, but moved to another place near Donaukajen. But the move upsets many because the statue should give place to a re-created monuments from the interwar period, when Hungary was ruled by the party of Miklós horthy.
" the Government has already seen to get rid of the many statues of the ”leftists” that it disapproves. When you move Nagy is the last step in the rehabilitation of When, " says Balazs Csekö, a Hungarian journalist and political scientist.
When was an admiral in the imperial austro-Hungarian navy, which came to power after the first world war. He reinstated the monarchy, and got himself the title of “regent” or regent.
Hungary with Hitler's Germany. When the nazis attacked Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, he took the opportunity to annex the former Hungarian areas from the beaten countries. His army participated on the German side at Stalingrad.
the Most troublesome for the future is that After went on to deport hundreds of thousands of Hungarian jews to the nazi death camps. It was done reluctantly, he asserted himself. But in a letter to his prime minister in 1940, he wrote like this:
”as Regards the jewish problem, I have been a soldier all my life. I have never had contact with the jews.”Miklós horthy Photo: AP
When the magnificent square at the parliament building now re-engineered it to ”restore” it as it looked in 1944. Nagy is swept away and at the same location, a smaller this article is about the stenkolonn to travel, a copy of the After let trip in 1934 to the memory of those who were killed during the short-lived Hungarian soviet Republic of 1918-19.
the far-right Jobbik party brought forward Miklós horthy as a hero and role model. Orbán and his party Fidesz has remained relatively indifferent. Until recently.
At a speech in June 2017, called the prime minister suddenly to the old party of ”an exceptional statesman” who saw that ”the Hungarian nation survived the 20-and 30 centuries”.
at the same time has Orbán, in a way, communist Nagy to thank for his own career.the Statue of Imre Nagy, the hero from the Hungarian revolution in 1956, is one of Budapest's most popular monuments. Photo: Mickan Palmqvist
demanded a million hungarians to the executed revoltledaren would be buried again under the honours. Over 100,000 followed him to his last resting place, and Viktor Orbán, then a young and unknown liberal, held a much-publicized speech to the dead leader's memory:
”Nagy identified himself with the nation's wishes and put an end to the communist taboos, blind obedience to the Russian empire, and the party of dictatorship.”
The hyllningsorden rings false today, says the journalist Balazs Csekö:
– Orbán used the Imre Nagy to become famous and climb the career ladder. Now is He the one who humiliates Nagy and betrays his political legacy.