"Imre Nagy"

Imre Nagy (1896-1958) was a Hungarian politician who served as Prime Minister on two occasions. A spontaneous nationwide revolt against Soviet rule, known as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, occurred during his second period in that office. The Soviet army invaded and crushed the revolution while the West looked on and did nothing beyond a UN General Assembly vote calling on the Soviet Union to end its intervention.

Nagy took refuge in the Yugoslav embassy, and despite a written safe conduct of free passage from Hungarian Communist leader János Kádár, he was arrested while trying to leave, tried for treason, and executed two years later.

On June 16, 1989, Nagy’s body was reburied with full honors. In December 1991, as part of the preamble to the treaties dissolving the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin officially apologized for Soviet actions in Hungary in 1956.

The statue of Nagy on a bridge shown here is near the Vértanúk tere (Martyrs' square), Budapest, facing the Parliament building.

Statue of Nagy with Hungarian Parliament in background
Public DomainStatue of Nagy with Hungarian Parliament in background