The story of Hungary from the Soviet occupation in 1944 through the Communist take over of the country, until 1953. Rakois is chosen by Stalin to become the Communist dictator of Hungary, he creates a highly repressive Stalinist regime in Hungary with a secret police, the AVH, opposition parties are banned and opposition political leaders are either imprisoned or killed, in Hungary hundreds of thousands are imprisoned, thousands are murdered. In 1950 Rakois began a purge of fellow Communists, they are tortured into making false confession as to being western spies then hanged. The economy of Hungary is sent into a downward spiral by the policies of Rakosi and massive payments having to be made to the Soviet Union. In 1953 after the death of Stalin, the new soviet leadership force Rakosi into toning down the scale of his terror and forced to accept Imre Nodge as the prime minister of Hungary.
To be published on Saturday 4th January 2020