Imre Nagy monument

Imre Nagy monument

One of the most unusual statues in Budapest is this monument to Imre Nagy, the Prime Minister who supported the revolt against the Soviets in 1956. He is shown in a reflective pose standing on a bridge – which could be both a symbol of Budapest with its many bridges, and also a bridge to a better future. The revolution failed, and Khruschev had Nagy executed as a lesson to other Soviet leaders. The revolution was crushed, resulting in many thousands of civilian deaths and heavy damage to buildings in Budapest. The Soviets remained in power until 1989, and did not fully withdraw troops until 1991.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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