"'Our man in Budapest has told me that in the drama of '56 his people were hanged in the trees outside their offices.'"
Hungarians gather around the head of the toppled Stalin Monument in Budapest, 1956
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumHungarians gather around the head of the toppled Stalin Monument in Budapest, 1956 - Credit: The American Hungarian Federation

 The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 began as a student demonstration against the Stalinist government. It attracted thousands more as the march proceeded through Budapest to the Parliament building. A delegation entered the state radio station, hoping to broadcast their demands. When the demonstrators outside demanded their release, the State Security Police (ÁVH) opened fire into the crowds, sparking violence and disorder across the city.