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Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War - Vernissage

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00 pm

VERNISSAGE: June 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

 Opening Remarks by

András Mink, Historian, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Zammis Schein (Sándor Mesterházy), Private Collector


The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan unleashed the last major international armed struggle of the Cold War period. Retrospectively, it seems paradoxical since Afghanistan had never been a central area of the Cold War before this conflict broke out. The Soviet leadership was initially reluctant to intervene and it proved to be, indeed, a fatal decision in every way. It brought a bloody war on Afghanistan with an appalling toll of human life and great suffering. Its moral, political, financial and military strain also contributed to a great extent to the collapse of the Soviet empire. In addition, the Soviet intervention pushed the Afghan state into chaos, and the disastrous global consequences of this state failure are still unresolved. 

 In cooperation with

 Zammis Schein Collection

Afghan Center for Kabul University (ACKU)

Muzeum Shuravi, Yekaterinburg

Oriental Collection, Library of the Hungarian Academy of Science


Kurátor l curated by


 szaktanácsadó l advisor



Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

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The exhibition is open between

10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day except Monday from June 22nd until September 17th, 2017. Free admission.