By David Irving
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At the same time, the arrests began, the arrests of politicians and other people. Then This PDF version: © Parforce UK Ltd 2001 Report errors One Nation’s Nightmare: Hungary 1956 51 my own father was arrested, and this really brought home to me what was going on. I had heard before about waves of arrests, but they had not meant anything to me. By the spring of 1949 my disillusionment with Communism was complete. I no longer tried to rationalise. ” University life completed his disillusionment. He was regarded by his fellows as an outcast.
In fact he could quote Lenin’s works freely and he knew Stalin’s Problems of Leninism by heart. By following the advice and directives given to him by Stalin in Moscow during the war, Rákosi knew how to act as he did just now. Many of his comrades failed to grasp what he was up to. The wide-spectrum coalition that initially resulted from the 1945 elections was not what they had had in mind at all. ” But Rákosi was too wily for that. The working class still had to be won over to the Communist Party.
One prisoner had just escaped, so the Russians seized the first able-bodied male to fill the gap – Várkonyi. 2 The Russian troops were the uncultured products of the Steppes. 3 The soldiers looted and pillaged and murdered. 4 This one man’s personal knowledge of what Imre Nagy and the other Communists so fluently called the “liberation” was multiplied a million times throughout the country. Workers grimly joked that their country had now known three disasters – their defeat by the Tartars, their conquest by the Turks, and their liberation by the Russians.
Uprising! One Nation's Nightmare: Hungary 1956 by David Irving