Books: Voices of Silence

On Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 1956, Budapest's Radio Kossuth broadcast a message ending with the words: "To every writer in the world ... to the intelligentsia of the world! We ask all of you for help and support . . .SOS!" Then, silence. The Hungarian revolt was being crushed, the writer-intellectuals of Hungary had spoken their last free words.

Inside Hungary, they have been silent ever since. Some were done to death. On the Soviet execution list (TIME, June 30), alongside Imre Nagy, stood the name of Miklos Gimes, ex-Stalinist journalist who became one of Hungary's leading anti-Reds. Countless others are...

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