Friday 28 September 2012

Cold War 07/24 After Stalin 1953 - 1956

The body being kicked in the photo above is probably one of the Hungarian secret police who assisted the Soviets and were strung up during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Prior to this I was not aware that the Suez crisis took place at the same time and diverted attention from the Hungarian uprising. For a while the Hungarians succeeded in revolting against the USSR but the West failed to intervene and Russian tanks soon rolled in and took charge again.  This was a point of bitterness for the Hungarians who had been assured through Radio Free Europe that all they had to do was hang in there and the West would come to the rescue. We never did.