1956 remembered - Part 9

posted by Bela on 2006/06/02 16:17

[ 1956 remembered ]

Eine auch auf englisch verfügbare Neuerscheinung zum Thema:

Dent, Bob
Budapest 1956. Locations of Drama. What Happened? Where? Why?
Preis: 5500 Ft (ca. € 20)
ISBN 963 07 8033 X

Budapest 1956 – what happened, where and why? Using a wide range of sources, both historical and modern, Bob Dent tells the story of the 1956 uprising by looking at the places in Budapest where something significant happened.

All the major actors are included – the street demonstrators, the armed groups of civilians, the politicians and the factory workers.

In a text which has all the hallmarks of a drama, the events are described, the problems, ambiguities and contradictions of 1956 are investigated, and the still-unexplained mysteries of the time are highlighted.

Employing a ground-breaking style of presentation, Budapest 1956 – Locations of Drama is an account of, and a guide to, one of the most momentous social explosions of European 20th-century history. In its appreciation of differing accounts of 1956, it is also a book about history itself.

"...differs radically from former narrative..."

"...reserved and elegant..."

"... does not force the reader to accept his own 'interpretation'..."
"...unique among foreign authors writing about Hungary..."

(From the introduction by János Rainer, Director of the Institute for the Documentation and Research of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution)


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A picture from the heydays of liberal Budapest - when a whole (though short) underground line could be built within two years. And M1, the famous "Földalatti", Budapest's yellow line, still works. I have never seen this image of the construction on Andrássy before, so be full of admiration - and I am not telling your where it is from...

The M1-line so is a memento to both: a liberal mayor (for what Budapest was capable of) and the Siemens company, who more than a hundred years ago was capable of producing faultless underground trams (not like today's Combino crap...)

Budapest has – together with St. Petersburg and Vienna – one of the largest tramway networks of the world. The tramway type "UV" – standing for "Új villamos - New tramway" and pictured above – was designed in the early forties and is still a symbol for Hungary's once high-tech railway-carriage industry. With the arrival of the new low-floor-trams in spring 2006 – built by Siemens in Vienna and not too beautiful – this landmark of Budapest will vanish from the cityscape.
György Petri: Imre Nagy

Du warst unpersönlich wie die anderen bebrillten Führer
im Sakko, deine Stimme war nicht metallen,
denn du wußtest nicht, was du eigentlich sagen solltest,
so unvermittelt den vielen Versammelten. Gerade das Plötzliche
war ungewohnt für dich. Du alter Mann mit dem Zwicker,
ich hörte dich, ich war enttäuscht.
Ich wußte noch nichts

vom Betonhof, wo der Staatsanwalt
das Urteil gewiß heruntergeleiert hat,
ich wußte noch nichts von der groben Reibung des Stricks, von der letzten Schmach.

Wer will sagen, was sagbar gewesen wäre
von jenem Balkon aus, Möglichkeiten, unter Maschinengewehren
verfeuert, kehren nicht zurück. Gefängnis und Tod
wetzen die Schärfe des Augenblicks nicht aus,

wenn der eine Scharte bekommen hat. Aber wir dürfen uns erinnern
an den zögernden, verletzten, unentschlossenen Mann,
der gerade seinen Platz zu finden schien,

als wir davon aufwachten,
daß man unsere Stadt zerschoß.

Übersetzt von Hans-Henning Paetzke

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