HUNGARY: Salami Days

The way to get control of a country Matyas Rakosi once wrote, is to demand a little more each day, like cutting up a salami, thin slice after thin slice." Rakosalami tactics made Hungary one of the most useful of Soviet satellites. Slice by slice, Hungarian agricultural productivity was cut down to make way for industrial projects. Forced collectivization of farmlands drove farm workers into the factories, and the fertile country, once one of Europe's breadbaskets, had to import grain. But Hungarian steel and aluminum fattened the Soviet war potential and bulletheaded Boss Rakosi was so well...

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