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Socialist Party supporters turn out for a rally to mark the 1956 uprising.

The line forms early each morning outside Budapest's House of Terror. Built in the former communist regime's notorious political police headquarters at 60 Andrássy Avenue, the Hungarian capital's newest museum has attracted more than 30,000 people since it opened five weeks ago. Inside, visitors get a personal taste of the torture and humiliation meted out by Hungary's communist and Nazi regimes. The Gulag Hall simulates the cattle cars that transported 600,000 Hungarians to the Soviet Union in the 1940s and '50s. A caged cell used for political detainees offers Chinese water torture. And then there is the elevator: in the museum's...

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