A Call to the Interviewees of the Oral History Archive


As of June 15, 2019 (the anniversary of the execution and later the reburial of Imre Nagy, former Hungarian Prime Minister), the originally independent 1956 Institute (and its Oral History Archive), which since 2012 has operated as one of the departments of the National Széchényi Library is incorporated into Veritas Historical Research Institute, which through its activities makes a mockery of its name. This decision by the Hungarian government is a humiliation of historical science. The 1956 Institute, as the most important scientific research institution in the field of recent Hungarian history, has always considered the finding and presentation of historical facts as its main task.

The Oral History Archives, a valuable collection of interviews with Hungarian opposition figures of the 1956 revolution and of the following period until 1989, was founded with the support of the Hungarian Soros Foundation. As the most important archives of Radio Free Europe and  the cold war era, Blinken OSA recommends those interviewees still alive, to  withdraw – if they are in the position legally –  their consent to the free use of the recording.