Skip to comments.Hungary 1956 revolt: Bela Biszku jailed for war crimes
Posted on 05/15/2014 5:12:52 AM PDT by annalex
|Biszku, 92, is the only surviving member of the post-uprising communist executive committee|
A former Hungarian interior minister has been found guilty of war crimes over the suppression of the October 1956 uprising against communist rule.
Bela Biszku, 92, was convicted of ordering security forces to open fire on civilians, killing 49 people.
The anti-communist revolt toppled the government but was put down by the invasion of forces from the Soviet Union three weeks later.
This was the first trial in Hungary of a former top communist.
Biszku was sentenced to five years and six months in prison. He has the right to appeal.
He was a member of the interim executive committee which set up militias to suppress the uprising.
In December 1956, 49 people died when the militias opened fire indiscriminately on two rallies, in Budapest and the town of Salgotarjan.
Biszku was also found guilty of other charges, including denying crimes committed by the communist regime - a crime in Hungary, like Holocaust denial.
He is the only surviving member of the 1956 executive committee.
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While I no longer live in central Europe, and have no plans to return, I am still interested in what happens there.
I do not quite get the jest of your theme.
Please, however, keep me on the list.
Bookmarked for later read.
Good for them. Commie criminals should be treated no differently than Nazi criminals.
58 years. HA! Most people keep prisoners on Death Row longer prior to execution.
Execute him in retaliation for the torture/execution of MalPeter and Imyr Nagy.
My spelling is not correct but my intentions are good.
They should have executed Jaruzelski by now.
In general, I think that nationalism is the best antidote for marxism. Historically, we see that: the nations that develop nationalist governments in Central/East Europe are also the nations that most decidedly break from their communist past. Hungary is a good example; Poland is another. We shall see what develops in Ukraine, but it is heartening that they, too, combined the anti-communist sentiment that toppled the Yanukovich regime with a developed national identity.
In America as well, the best line of resistance against internationalist leftism is the demand that our government serve the national interest.
They should be punished harder, because Communists committed their crimes in peace time and had no excuse of a war going on. What was the external threat to Hungary in 1956?
“Historically, we see that: the nations that develop nationalist governments in Central/East Europe.
Well, I do know a little bit about that. I lived in central Europe from 2000 until 2009. Most of it was in Slovakia, but a summer in Romania, and time in Hungary.
Keep in mind those central European countries, while under Communist domination, were not Russian SSR countries. It was quite easy for them to resume a life of freedom from Russia and Communism, once the wall came down. It is a bit different for the old Russian SSR nations.
But not all former SSR’s countries are mired in neo-sovietism. Georgia and Armenia aren’t; I don’t know much about Azerbaijan. Moldova and Ukraine also seem determined to broke off the RF’s sphere of influence. In each case, it seems, nationalism helped to form an identity free from marxist mentality.
“But not all former SSRs countries are mired in neo-sovietism.”
I agree, but it is hard to judge the old SSR nations.
During my active days of chasing DX on ham radio, I worked
all of them, and was working on an award for working all Soviet oblast. Contact with them was the same as working any Russian station.
One interesting note: My first contact with Czechoslovakia was OK3EA, a physician in Bratislava.
One day I was telling one of my conversation students, an executive at the Slovnaft refinery, about my previous contact with Harry, OK3EA, in 1959. The executive made a big grin and said, I know him. He was my children’s pediatrician, but many years ago. The exec made a few calls to find out that Harry was in a nursing home out in the countryside. We took a drive down to find and visit him.
Harry was lucid, but very weak. We had a short chat about our days of ham radio activity. It was a bitter sweet visit. Harry died two days later.
That is quite a story. Thanks for sharing.