Apparently the anti-Communist fathers of the Hungarian Republic never heard of what Ben Franklin said about hanging together. In any event, they did not, and so they were, in a political sense, hanging separately.

Instead of making a united stand against Communist domination or refusing to take office as long as the Red Army dictated government policies, they allowed themselves to be cut down one by one. President Zoltan Tildy, for instance, hung on even after Premier Ferenc Nagy was exiled in a coup that combined ideology with kidnapping (TIME, June 9). Tildy's reward was that he was called up...

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