HUNGARY: Borderland to Freedom

When Austria gets its independence, neighboring Hungary—once linked with Austria in the great Habsburg empire, but for the past 16 years a prisoner of various kinds of totalitarianism—will again have a 150-mile border with the free world.

The Russians are alert to the danger.

A month before their offer to settle the Austrian problem, they fired Hungary's Premier Imre Nagy, a "new course" man (TIME, March 21), and began an all-round tightening up of party and government discipline. Into the premiership last week went 40-year-old Andras Hegedus, who at 24 broke with his well-to-do farmer parents over his Communism and...

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