There are a lot of statues in Budapest. One day I was roaming around and stumbled upon this very unique statue.
Even though I didn’t know who it was, I was really drawn to it. The setting is actually very beautiful and I was drawn to the look on his face.
This is Imre Nagy who was Prime Minister of Hungary twice. Even though he was a communist he promoted a “new course” in socialism which caused him to fall out of favor with the Russians. They fired him but he was put in place again by public demand during the 1956 revolt against Soviet imposed policies.
His reformist ideas meant that his new government was not supported by the Russians and when the revolt failed, Nagy was captured and eventually executed for treason.
Despite his political agreement with Communism, his role in the Hungarian Revolt of 1956 brought him admiration among Hungarians and he died a martyr.
His name was not allowed to be uttered after the revolt but once the communists were expelled, he was buried as a hero and this statue was built in 1996.
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