Exiting the Budapest Parliament we set off on a short walking tour, street by street, around Kossuth Square near the parliament. To the southeast of Kossuth square we saw the statue of Imre Nagy. Imre Nagy (7 June 1896 – 16 June 1958) was a Hungarian communist politician who was appointed Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People’s Republic of Hungary on two occasions. Nagy’s second term ended when his non-Soviet-backed government was brought down by Soviet invasion in the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956, resulting in Nagy’s execution on charges of treason two years later.
This statue is an elegant tribute to the great reformist. This life like bronze figure stands on a cute little footbridge over a tiny pool. Sitting on a bench there, reading about him helped me know the struggles Hungarian people had gone through to have a government of their own. It helped connect with the past of Hungary and appreciate its people better.