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in 1955, and then during the 1956 revolution he was made prime minister again. But he was so used to greeting people as “comrades”, that he also did so when talking to the revolutionary demonstrators here in Vértanúk tere (Martyrs’ square), who did not really like it. He became a symbol of freedom when he was forced into exile in Romania, but was tried and executed in Hungary in 1958. During his trial he could probably have saved his life had he cooperated with the new régime, but he did not revise his opinions. He had become first and foremost a lover of liberty and independence, though he still considered himself a communist. He was buried face down in an unmarked grave, which was later found only with great difficulty. His name was simply not mentionable in public between 1958 and 1988 and his reburial in July 1989 marked the birth of a new democracy. Tens of thousands came to Heroes’ Square, where two de-constructivist artists, Gábor Bachman and László Rajk, dressed up the Műcsarnok Exhibition Hall in black draperies. Imre Nagy is buried now in Plot 301 of Új Köztemető Cemetery, under the magnificent monument designed by György Jovánovics (see page 284). This statue (Tamás Varga, 1996) on Vértanúk tere (on the corners of Nádor, Vécsey and Báthory utca) was erected on the centenary of Nagy’s birth and was given little praise when unveiled. Critics found the symbolism – a bridge – cheap, as it represents a transition from totalitarian notions towards democratic ones. And everyone found the figure idealizing to the point of falsification. The martyr prime minister was a typical, stocky, overweight Hungarian peasant type, quite unlike this melancholic, café-type portrayed in the statue, who is looking vaguely in the direction of the Houses of Parliament.

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B Ethnographical Museum

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