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By Laszlo Borhi

According to new archival proof, examines Soviet Empire construction in Hungary and the yank reaction to it.

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The readers of the liberal Magyar Nemzet were called upon to “brush up” their English, a book with the same title was published with great success, the social democratic Népszava discussed the merits of the Beveridge plan, and readers were informed of German military setbacks by Magyar Nemzet’s military expert. Soon the Hungarian Foreign Ministry learned that there would be no landing in the Balkans. 15 The inveterate idea harbored by pro-British politicians and diplomats that the British would beat the Russians to Hungary was fuelled by an irrational belief in Hungary’s alleged geopolitical significance.

The Communists of a working class district in Budapest reported that the Russians raped mothers in front of their husbands and children, with ten–fifteen soldiers raping a single woman. They shot fathers and sons, looted factories and robbed livestock. ”85 The Nazi rampage and the ensuing Soviet occupation regime created chaotic conditions that were conducive for the construction of new structures of power. It was the Communist Party that was best able to exploit the turmoil to its advantage. Still, Hungary’s prospects seemed somewhat brighter than that of Poland or Bulgaria.

By then Hungary was firmly ensconced in the Soviet zone. The ACC was entitled to collect information on all aspects of political life; the Hungarian government or the local authorities were obliged to seek the ACC’s preliminary approval for each measure they intended to bring into force. The prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs served as the liaison between the ACC and the government; committee meetings were held on issues like reparation payments under the chairmanship of an ACC representative, who conveyed the instructions of the Soviet Union on the given problem.

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