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To the editor:
Fifty-two years ago on Oct. 23, 1956, a small crack appeared on the mighty Soviet Union’s brutal hold of the Eastern Nations. At a rally in Budapest, Hungarians marched to their magnificent revolution. This small nation (about 10 million) found the incredible bravery to challenge the Soviet Union.
Budapest students met to express sympathy for the new Polish Communist regime that Khrushchev had tried to dispose. The unarmed demonstrators moved on to Budapest, where police opened fire on the demonstrators. The rioting began and the revolt was on. By nightfall, Budapest’s has wrecked the great Stalin statue.
Thousands of Soviet troops and tanks entered Budapest. The students, workers and armed forces joined the revolution. After many years of tyranny and brutal repression, all they wanted was a degree of national sovereignty. After bloody street fights, the Soviets had to retreat.
After years of investigation by Radio Free Europe and Voice of America to rise up, they finally did, and for two weeks the Soviets were out of Hungary. The cry went out to the free world for help, but the freedom fighters cry fell on deaf ears.
After two weeks of freedom and no help from the West, on Nov. 4, the Soviet tanks and 10,000 troops rolled back into Budapest and the world stood by to witness the murder of a country.
When history is written, the revolution in Hungary will mean the beginning of the end of Communism in general. Despite the Soviet repression in Hungary, Moscow could only slow down the processes of change; it could not stop them in the long run.
October 1956 in Hungary was the start of something we can only see today. Revolutions in Poland, Czechoslovakia, The Berlin Wall and finally breaking up the Soviet Union were all started by a small freedom-loving nation
It took another 33 years, but today Hungary is free, admitted to NATO and will be a member of the European Union.