On January 13th, 2016, the Crimes of Communism Foundation and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized their 11th joint academic symposium titled The Road to Revolution in the tearoom of the Gellért Hotel in Budapest. Among the invited presenters to the private event was Tibor Zinner, Subject Team Leader for the VERITAS Research Institute for History, who was the first to speak following the opening remarks. His speech was titled “Hungarian Quislings*”.
The thematic purpose of the conference was to analyze the events that led up to the outbreak of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. From the beginning, when the communist dictatorship was established in 1944, every stratum of Hungarian society was systematically targeted and kept in fear. Both the legislative process and the application of the rule of law were so distorted as to be characteristic of the most vicious dictatorships. The goal was the realization of a Soviet-style dictatorship of the proletariat at any cost, including the dispensing of any humane considerations.
*A Quisling is an individual who works together with the occupying enemy forces. The origin of the word traces back to the Norwegian officer and politician Vidkun Quisling, who was the head of the Norwegian government during the Nazi occupation of WWII.