Long-needed documentaries

The Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Office of the Hungarian National Assembly produced three documentaries between 2016 and 2018, two of which explore the circumstances of the so-called “bloody Thursday” of 25 October 1956, and one portrays the life and political career of István Tisza, Hungarian prime minister assassinated 100 years ago. The information about the films can now also be accessed under a new menu point (DVD) on Országház Publisher’s website.

25 October 1956 1956, the day of the bloodiest shootings of the 1956 revolution and struggle for freedom is remembered by the Hungarian nation as “bloody Thursday”. For reasons still unknown, on that day the Soviet military and the Hungarian armed forces opened fire on the peaceful demonstrators who gathered on Kossuth Square. In one of the former ventilation tunnels of the now reconstructed Kossuth Square, a memorial and exhibition opened on 25 October 2014 within the framework of the Indre Steindl Programme in commemoration of the victims.

Linked to the documentary is our publication titled 1956 - The Kossuth Lajos Square Massacre and Its Memorial.
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A research project was launched by the Museum of the National Assembly on the 60th anniversary of the Kossuth Lajos Square Massacre of 25 October 1956 with the aim of exploring the circumstances of the shootings of that day.

How did the shootings happen? Why did they happen? How many victims were there? Using the findings of the research, the documentary titled The First Shot looks for answers to these questions.

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The documentary made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of István Tisza presents the life and political career of Hungary’s prime minister, who met a tragic fate in the context of the reasons that led up to the Great War, the events of the world’s political stage at the time and the social atmosphere of a period heated by intense emotions and passions. István Tisza, declared the scape goat of the war losses Hungary suffered was assassinated on 31 October 1918 in his villa on Hermina Road, Budapest, under circumstances that remain unclear to this day. Despite being Hungary’s most important and at the same time most disputed political leader at the dawn of the 20th century, his story is not known by many.

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