HUNGARY: The Betrayed

Hungary had had five brief days of freedom in October 1956 before the doublecross. Faced with the impressive force of the rebellion, Soviet Vice Premier Anastas Mikoyan had given a solemn pledge to withdraw the Red army. Four days later a horrified Premier Imre Nagy went on the air to "notify the people of our country and the entire world" that the Russians had launched a massive surprise attack on Budapest. Nagy fled to the Yugoslav embassy for sanctuary, while from a Budapest cellar Soviet Commissar Mikhail Suslov ran Hungary.

As Nagy sat in...

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