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Remembering the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 (audio)

Remembering the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 (audio)
Key Info
  • Remembering the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 (audio)
  • Duration: 09:00
  • Peter, a student in Budapest in 1956, remembers taking part in the protest that was joined by workers and bystanders. The protest began peacefully with slogans being chanted against the Soviet domination of their country, but word spread that the radio station was under attack by Soviet troops. The crowd rushed to defend the building and were fired on. Peter was among a crowd that broke into a barracks looking for weapons and ammunitions. A battle broke out between the Soviet troops attacking and the students and others defending the radio station. Soviet troops eventually withdrew, and Peter remembers the sense of hope at the turn of events. This was short-lived when Soviet troops again attacked the country. This clip from 'Witness' is published on the World Service website: and was first broadcast on 22 October 2010. Please note this is an audio clip and only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    Rights: Human Legal Consumer

  • Keywords: history, Hungary, cold war, Soviet Russia, 1956 revolution, rebellion, protest, freedom, Communism, radio, oral history, Witness
Ideas for use in class
  • An interesting account. Good intro to topic/unit of work on political engagement and the lengths to which people have gone to have their voice heard. Dramatic clip of Hungarian radio reporting suppression of the uprising. Would young people today be prepared to go to such lengths? Compare with contemporary opposition to political suppression/oppression, e.g. China, Burma etc.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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