Hungarian Review Publishes Sixth 2016 Issue

Dedicated to remembering the 1956 Revolution

Washington, DC – The “Hungarian Review”, the English-language affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, edited by Gyula Kodolányi and John O’Sullivan, has published its sixth issue for 2016. As the previous one, this issue also focuses on commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. 

On the cover: Temporary grave of a 15 year old victim in a public park (Károlyi Gardens, 5th district?) Photo by FORTEPAN. Donation by Pesti Srác.

In his editorial note entitled “The Mystic Chords of Memory”, John O’ Sullivan writes: “The memory of a nation encompasses many millions of individual memories. And when the memory is of 1956, dateline Budapest, that means many millions of individual fates, including loves lost or left behind, as well as the collective fate of the Hungarian people”.

The section on ‘The Hungarian Revolution of 1956’ contains contributions from Gyula Kodolányi (“With Nine Million Fascists”- On the origins and spirit of the Hungarian Revolution); excerpts from Gyula Illyés (“Submerged with Atlantis- A diary 1956-1597”); István Bibó (“Memorandum: Hungary, a Scandal, and a Hope of the World”); Peter Unwin (“Voice in the Wilderness: Imre Nagy and the Hungarian Revolution”); and excerpts from an interview with István B. Rácz (“A Testimony on the Revolution”). The current issue also includes contributions from Friends of  Hungary Foundation (“My Revolution – Recollections of the 1956 Revolution – Part II”); David Pryce-Jones (“The fall of Budapest”) and David A. J. Reynolds (“Football and Fifty-Six: Identity and Restoration”).

In one excerpt, István Bibó, social and political thinker and former Minister of State in the Imre Nagy government of 1956, emphasizes that it is not Hungarian people’s “duty to start a new uprising and provoke new retaliations. But it is their duty to hold onto the flag of their revolution in the face of slander, forgetting, and weariness – it is the flag of a freer mankind.”

The Current section includes a contribution from Géza Jeszenszky (“Central Europe and the Future of the West”).

Finally, the Arts and Letters section features articles by Zsolt Czakó & Zita Bodnár (“Breaking Dawn – An 1956 Exhibition at the Balassi Institute”) and Dalma Szentpály (“Letter to the Editor about a 1956 Martyr”).

Currently, 35 issues of the Hungarian Review from 2010 through 2016 can be ordered from; or directly from the publisher; or by calling the Coalition office in Washington.

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