The Hungarian revolution and its discontents

István Rév talks with Ivan Krastev at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2017.

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and its revolutionary bodies have been desecrated, buried, and reburied countless times. Even today, they are not allowed to rest.

On 23 September 2017, István Rév, Professor of History and Political Science at the Central European University and Director of the Open Society Archives, presented the different perceptions, receptions, and interpretations of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary in a conversation with Ivan Krastev (IWM) — an entry point for understanding the contemporary politics in the country. Watch the full debate:


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Cover picture: Hungarian uprising freedom fighters on a captured tank in Budapest late October / early November 1956. Photo: © Frigyes Tomacsko / Europress / Ullstein Bild /

Vienna Humanities Festival

The Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the IWM, Wien Museum and Time to Talk, is a series of around 40 Events (in German and English) which took place from 22 till 24 September 2017 for the second time at the Wien Museum, TU Wien, Evangelische Volksschule and Radiokulturhaus.

The topic of 2017 “Revolution!” ranged from Russia in 1917, the 1968 movement and the Fall in 1989, to the most recent upheavals in the Arab countries and in the Ukraine.

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“It’s elites who turn against democracy, not the people.”

“Witnessing war to learn for peace.”

“Proletarians of all countries, who washes your socks?”

“Time to rethink growth”

“Justice cannot wait.”

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