1919: Communist and Socialist politicians and supporters gathered outside the Hungarian Parliament Building during an alliance in Budapest. A large crowd before the building and in the street. The Communist politician Bela Kun being interviewed amidst the crowd. Men climb a tower in front of the building to get a better view of the event. View of Hungarian Socialist Democratic Party leader Dezső Bokányi standing with other men. Socialist politician Sandor Garbai standing with Bela Kun and addressing the crowd. A man addresses the crowd from a car roof. Musicians play violins and other instruments during the event. The two politicians talk and give speeches.
Views of Budapest Hungary, before World War II. Bridge across the Danube River. People walking across the bridge. Numerous views of many famous buildings and monuments throughout Budapest. Narrator speaks about why the city of Budapest never lost its beauty and charm after five years of war and ten years of communism. This significant period have turned the people of Budapest into a resilient race, proud of their national heroes who fought for Budapest. The love of Budapest people for the landmarks, monuments and bridges become deep.
Panoramic views and monuments of Budapest, Hungary during Soviet occupation. Budapest Statue overlooking the city. Szechenyi Chain Bridge over Danube River. Various buildings in the city. Traffic along a street. Millennium monument of Budapest. Various statues including Budapest War Statue, St Stephen Statue. Parliament Building of Budapest.
Coronation procession of Emperor Karl I (Charles I) of Austria, who, as Emperor of Austria-Hungary, is now also being crowned KarlV (CharlesIV ) of Hungary. The procession arrives at Mathias Cathedral, on Trinity Square, Budapest, Hungary. Guests arrive to attend the ceremony. Through the dense crowd, Emperor Karl walks behind the Crucifer toward the Cathedral entrance, followed by Cardinal Prince Primate of Hungary, Dr. Czernock and a Bishop and nobles. After the coronation, a great celebratory parade ensues. The Emperor rides on horseback wearing the Crown and cloak of St. Stephen, and rides up a ramp to a landing where he can be seen by all in attendance. .
U.S. propaganda piece about threats by communists against various European countries. The Czechoslovak coup and demonstrations. Czech citizens moving on a street during a strike forcing conservative elements to resign from the cabinet. Scenes of police brutality and beatings against strikers. Communists take over the police. Czech President Edvard Benes with conservative politicians in a government building. Huge crowd on a street. Police clashing with crowd. Czech Prime Minister Klement Gottwald with officials. President Edvard Benes, facing possible civil war or invasion by the Soviet Union, accepts a Communist cabinet. He is seen signing documents to that effect on February 25, 1948. Other officials beside President Benes during the signing. View of the first President of Czechoslovakia Tomas Masaryk's son, Jan Masaryk, who remained the Foreign Minister, and did not agree to the new government. Two days later Jan Masaryk is discovered dead. The body of Jan Masaryk in a coffin. Edvard Benes, who resigned in June 1948 after refusing to sign the communist constitution, is seen walking slowly outside the Parliament using a cane. A guard saluting Benes. View of the body of Edvard Benes, who died in September 1948, laying in a coffin. Mourning citizens offering flowers and cry. Officials bearing the coffin. Shift to street strikes in East Germany in 1953. People during a strike and riot in Poland in 1956. Russian tanks moving on a street and Russian soldiers. Elevated view of panic and Polish citizens fleeing soldiers. October 1956: Student demonstrators on street in Budapest Hungary. Russian red star toppled from building roof in defiance. Russian troops respond on tanks in Hungary. Crowd fights back. Russians retreat. Crowd overwhelms local police. Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary, ascends steps. Hungarian crowd on streets burn communist books and papers. Russian tanks invade Hungary to crush revolt. Tanks fire guns on Hungarian street. Imre Nagy's execution announced June 17, 1958.
A revolution against the Stalinist government in Hungary. Civilians, police and military mingling amiably. Hungarian Communist Leader, Janos Kadar enters a car with an Army General. Civilians walk around a Soviet tank in a market. Hungarian soldiers stand on roads and talk to each other. Animated map shows flow of Soviet Forces surrounding Budapest to put down the insurrection. Soviet tanks firing point blank into buildings. Fires raging. A radio announcer is seen at a center from which multilingual broadcasts are being made about the events in Budapest. A technician in broadcast center. Speaker labeled "Hungarian." Brief view of UN meeting in New York. Revolutionaries fire on Soviets from remnants of destroyed buildings. Damaged Soviet tank. Hungarian National flags fly over abandoned litters in a small park. Dead revolutionary in a coffin being transported for burial in a cemetery. Some snow on the ground. People in various parts of the world express sympathy for the Hungarian insurrectionists. Black wreathes are hung. Youth in West Berlin, Germany, carry banner calling for Freedom for Hungary. Supportive demonstrations in Vietnam, France, and Italy. Black wreathes are placed in Poland.