Fifty years ago this week Hungary’s prime minister Imre Nagy was executed following a secret trial. He was accused of treason and of plotting against Russia.
Nagy was arrested and killed for his role in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 – a workers’ uprising against Stalinism that was crushed by Russian tanks. Russian dictator Nikita Khrushchev demanded Nagy’s execution as a warning to other leaders of Russia’s Eastern European satellite states.
Tapes of Nagy’s trial have recently been released. They demonstrate his defiance in the face of his accusers. Nagy demanded the trial be made open to all citizens.
He deserves to be honoured – as do the tens of thousands of Hungarian workers who took up arms in one of the most heroic chapters of the international working class movement.