This page has been created by the British Embassy in Budapest to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution.


We have endeavoured to make this site as historically accurate as possible. However, in formatting the material we had available for use in this website, we have had to make some minor editorial changes.


Special thanks to


László Regéczy-Nagy, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), driver at the British Legation in 1956, for his exceptional recollections that we were able to record on video


The family of István Zalatnay, for sharing details of his experience and memories of work at the British Legation during the Revolution


Zoltán Kelemen, historian, for advice and information on 1956


Gábor Tallai, Programme Director and Márton Békés, Director of Research of the House of Terror


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians and National Archives for providing access to a treasure trove of diplomatic reporting from the Legation in 1956.



Archive images, audio and video footage courtesy of:


Fortepan (


Blinken OSA Archive, 1956 Digital Collection

The Hungarian Ministry of Interior's documentation of the events of 1956


Ministry of Defence of Hungary



Institute and Museum of Military History


Budapest Collection of the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library



Hungarian National Museum



Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security



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