Monday, November 05, 2012

The end

This was the radio address of the Hungarian leader Nagy Imre when the Soviet Army attacked Budapest and crushed the revolution on November 4, 1956. The radio address was to the Hungarian people and to the world. He would finally fully support the Hungarian freedom fighters during the revolution and endorse them. Nagy Imre was a communist for most of his life who saw the light during the Hungarian Revolution and supported the move to democracy and freedom from the Soviet Union. He succeeded the Stalinist-style dictator Mátyás Rákosi in 1956. Nagy Imre was executed by the communists on charges for treason two years after the 1956 Revolution.

Translation of this radio address is as follows:

"This is Nagy Imre speaking, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Hungary. Today at dawn, the Soviet troops attacked against our capital with the obvious goal of overthrowing the legal, democratic Hungarian government. Our troops are fighting. The government is in place. This is is my message to the country's people and world public opinion."