VERITAS Research Institute for History and Archives

19 February 2020

The (Visegrád) V4 Architectural Foundation and the VERITAS Institute jointly host our colleague Dávid Kiss, whose lecture is entitled The Workers’ Militia and the System Changeover.

In 1957, in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the Workers’ Militia (WM) was created to serve as the armed wing of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party. From the start of the 1960’s, the exclusive responsibility of the paramilitary organization was defense of the system. In the meantime, the political leadership planned out how the WM would work together with other armed organizations in case of incidental war. Throughout the 1970’s, the WM was armed with the most state-of-the-art weaponry. For a long time, the WM was not affected or only barely so by the agony of the Communist System that had begun in the 1980’s. Disbandment occurred only in autumn 1989, for the political leadership had endeavored to save the organization. Ultimately, the WM was abolished because of negative public opinion, the decisive stance of the opposition against it and its poor financial state.           

The event is free to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. You may register at the following address: or by calling Beáta Albrecht at +36 70 389 8720.

Location: Klebelsberg Castle, Templom utca (Street) 12–14, Budapest

Date: 5:30 PM on (Wednesday) February 19th, 2020