The Petőfi Circle and the 1956 Revolution. Discussion. - in Hungarian
There is no doubt that the series of public debates launched in March 1956, after repeated prohibitions and obstructions, organized by the Petőfi Circle, a youth organization of the Communist Party, within the framework of the Democratic Youth Association (DISZ), can be seen as a direct precursor to the outbreak of the revolution. At the same time, the Petőfi Circle and those who took part in its public debates did not aim to overthrow the system but to reform it, democratize it, or start the process of destalinization.
The discussion will examine the history and historical role of the Circle.
András Mink talks to historian János M. Rainer.
From mid-March to the end of May, the Archivum’s program series entitled PETŐFI MIRAGES is not about Petőfi’s life and art, but about the history of Petőfi’s memory and its various aspects. We have been chasing Petőfi’s mirage for 176 years. A series of events, including film screenings, theater performances, readings, and talks, will offer insights into this history.
During the event, an exhibition entitled PETŐFI FOR ALL SEASONS in the Archivum’s Galeria Centralis will show the roller-coaster of Petőfi’s political memory from World War II to 1956. The exhibition curators, András Mink, historian, and Katalin Székely, art historian, will give guided tours for groups of students.