U.S. propaganda piece about threats by communists against various European countries. The Czechoslovak coup and demonstrations. Czech citizens moving on a street in Czechoslovakia 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 several years later 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 Soviet soldiers are seen. Elevated view of panic and Polish citizens fleeing soldiers. October 1956: Student demonstrators on street in Budapest Hungary during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Soviet Russian red star is toppled by crowds from a building roof in a sign of defiance. Russian troops respond with tanks on the streets 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.
In 1956, crowds of Hungarians walk peaceably in their Capital, Budapest, calling for establishment of their own style of communist rule. A woman waves a Hungarian flag from a window. A communist star is pulled down from atop a building. On October 24, 1956 Hungarian authorities crack down, with police supported by Russian troops from local garrison. Russian soldiers in T-34 tanks seen on city street. View of Russian soldiers leaving the area aboard a T-34 tank. Hungarians battling their police. View of Prime Minister,Imry Nagy, ascending steps of a government building. Narrator states that Nagy declares Hungary neutral in conflict between Soviet Union and the West. Soviet books and documents being burned. The next sequence shows Soviet T-34 tanks entering Hungary in force, on November 4, 1956. One is seen firing from a city street. Picture of Imre Nagy shown as Narrator says his execution was announced on June 17, 1958.
The 1956 uprising in Hungary. Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenthy is freed from prison on October 30, 1956, on November 3, he made a radio broadcast praising the revolution. (He is seen, possibly at that event.) Smoke rises from a tugboat in a harbor, where relief supplies are piled on a dock. People read about the rebel triumph in newspapers distributed from a truck, in Budapest. Soviet-built Li-2 airplanes (similar to DC-3) airlift relief supplies from Poznan, Poland. Convoy of ambulances and medical teams and supplies from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) cross into Hungary at a border control point. Revolutionaries get medical treatment in hospitals. Sacks of relief supplies are seen.
A revolution against the Stalinist government in 1956 in Hungary. Aerial view of Budapest in 1956. Communist leader Mátyás Rákosi addressing a crowd in a public square. Rakosi not yet challenged by uprising. Hungarian Revolution demonstrators on roads and at government buildings in Budapest. Students and writers assembled in October 1956 in solidarity with the recently successful anti-Stalinist uprising in Poland. The police fire at revolutionaries. Fighting in streets as secret police combat revolutionaries.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Hungarian resistance fighters aim guns towards Soviet positions in Budapest, Hungary. Soviet soldiers standing near a loudspeaker. Exteriors of a building. Wreckage of vehicles in the city.
Hungarian civilians assemble to demand freedom from the Stalinist government in Hungary. Thousands of civilians crowd a square in Budapest to demonstrate against the Stalinist government. Several carry Hungarian national flags. A number of banners are seen. One large banner is carried by students and faculty of Lorand University. Woman waves Hungarian flag from an office building window. Hungarian revolutionaries distribute newspapers from the back of an open truck. Many civilians crowd together and ride on two tanks moving rapidly along a street. Hungarian soldiers ride in a truck and carry the National flag. A sign displayed on the street reads: Russians, go home!