After the Hungarian revolution and the Soviet assault on Budapest in the autumn of 1956, oppression followed quickly in Sofia. As this propaganda film of the time shows, the new Bulgarian Communist Party leader Todor Zhivkov. A relatively unknown apparatchik until recently, Zhivkov was quick to use events in Hungary to crackdown on potential dissent at home. He remained in power for another 33 years. The victims' stories remained unheard for decades.

Eсента на 1956

Потушаването на въстанието в Унгария и бруталното нахлуване на Съветската армия в Будапеща през октомври и ноември 1956 са последвани от незабавни репресии в София. Ръководи ги новоназначеният комунистически водач Тодор Живков. Ще остане на власт още 33 години.

Extract from an episode of the 1991 documentary, 'The Camps'.

Director Atanas Kiryakov

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