Hungarian October – professional presentation

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Supported by the 1956 Memorial Committee and as part of the program series entitled A magyar szabadság éve (Year of the Hungarian Freedom), National Széchényi Library started working on the realization of an online knowledge repository named Magyar Október (Hungarian October). Having collected 1956 Revolution-related visual and audio documents stored by the Hungarian national library and by other public institutions, via the website, it presents the information space that had an impact on the deeds and thinking of people of the era, and determined their actions and decisions.

The program series entitled A magyar szabadság éve (Year of the Hungarian Freedom) will come to an end on March 31, 2017. Related to this, a professional presentation will be held in the Ceremonial Hall of NSZL on Floor 6 about the already achieved results and about possible future developments. The event will start at 11 a.m. on March 29, 2017.

Website presentation will come complete with a mini exhibition, where demonstration screens will show installations and document details from the audiovisual materials of the Collection of Historical Interviews and the archives of Radio Free Europe.

Installations from the audiovisual and Radio Free Europe collections of the Collection of Historical Interviews, and contents closely related to the website will be presented in the lobby in front of NSZL’s Ceremonial Hall.


11:00 Presentation

Welcome speech will be delivered by Dr. László Tüske, Director-General of National Széchényi Library.

A lecture will be held by historian Dr. Irén Simándi on the sources of the Revolution of 1956, with special regard to motion picture and radio documents.

Presentation of Hungarian October 1956 in Online Space by Luca Hanák and Bea Lukács, staff members of the Collection of Historical Interviews



1. Former radio personalities on the screen:

  • László László – interview detail
  • Géza Ekecs – interview detail
  • Gyula Borbándi – interview detail
  • Csaba Skultéty - interview detail

2. Selection from the programs of Radio Free Europe and selection from archival recordings related to 1956:

  • Messages – 1956
  • Refugees -1956-1957 short film

3.  Memories of a lost cinema show:

Back in 2006, Gábor Hanák made a documentary film about the events of the Revolution of 1956, in which he relied solely on remaining archival motion pictures and period programs broadcast on radio.

In addition to screenings, you can try the website: you can ask questions personally from staff members who have made the website.

In the display cabinets, written documents of the Revolution of 1956, such as leaflets and announcements, will be presented.


Visitors are most cordially welcome!

The event in pictures