What 1956 meant to the world
11/10/2016 9:30 a.m.
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A one-day international conference on the origins and impact of the Hungarian Uprising.


What 1956 meant to the world

A one-day conference on the origins and impact of the Hungarian Uprising

In two short weeks in 1956 Hungary rose to defend its freedom, independence and unity against foreign oppression.

From an international perspective, 1956 marked the end of the advance of Soviet power in Europe.

Senator John F. Kennedy, later President of the United States, commented: "23rd October 1956 is a day that will live forever in the annals of free men and nations. It was a day of courage, conscience and triumph. No other day since history began has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchablility of man’s desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required."

On Tuesday, 11th October, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Danube Institute held an international conference to commemorate the uprising.  This included eye-witness accounts of what occurred, analyses of the impact on Hungarian politics and society, and of how 1956 influenced developments and attitudes throughout the world.  

Speakers included two Hungarian freedom fighters – János Horváth and Gyula Várallyay - as well as the Polish author and politician Ryszard Legutko, the Russian broadcaster Igor Pomerantsev, the British writer David Pryce-Jones, and the American historian Katharine Kadar Lynn.

Time: 09.30 - 17.30 Tuesday October 11th, 2016

Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Széchenyi I. tér 9, 1051 Budapest

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