VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

Presentation at the Hospital in the Rock

30 October 2018

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution is usually referred to as a “man’s revolution”. The main reason why is that historians (irrespective of political bent) have tended to place men in the fore when analyzing what happened in that fateful year. But what about the women? What was it like for them? Were they “ferocious Amazons” fighting alongside the men or did they assume their more traditional roles as cooks and nurses? From the film footage of October 23rd, everyone remembers the iconic image of the young woman dressed in white who stood in the window proudly waving the Hungarian tricolor. And browsing through the still photographs of the revolution, we can see female revolutionaries grasping machine guns, but little is known about what they felt and how they experienced the revolution.    

With the help of period sources and photographs, Eszter Zsófia Tóth delves into these questions. She makes note of the women’s protest that took place on December 4th, which was the only collective female action during the revolution. Dr. Tóth also talks about the female victims, for during the reprisals that followed the crushing of the revolution, six women were among the executed. 

To attend the presentation, you may register here.

Location: Hospital in the Rock, Lovas út 4/c, Budapest

Date: 6 PM on (Tuesday) October 30th, 2018

Source of photograph: Index/Fortepan