The Post-1956 Refugee Crisis and Hungarian Émigré Communities During the Cold War




  • Objectives

    This project will 1) produce scholarly research including two handbooks, one in Hungarian and one in English, about the global resettlement of the post-1956 Hungarian refugees; 2) prepare an online bibliography of primary and secondary materials, including documents, photographs, memoirs, and oral histories, related to the process, experience, and reception of the post-1956 refugees; 3) provide a searchable database that includes names and destinations of these refugees; and also 4) present database information in graphical forms (tables, infographics, and interactive maps).

  • Overview

    This project aims to provide a systematic and comprehensive examination of one of the most significant refugee crises in Europe recently, the migration and subsequent fate of some two hundred thousand people who left Hungary in 1956/57 as a result of the Soviet invasion.

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Booktalk: "A Global History: The 1956 Hungarian Refugee Crisis Handbook"

November 29, 2022, Tuesday, 11:00 AMényrészletei/379/-/egy-vilagraszolo-tortenet-az-1956-os-magyar-menekultvalsag-kezikonyve-konyvbemutato

The “The Post-1956 Refugee Crisis and Hungarian Émigré Communities During the Cold War” Project has received funding from the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (grant nr. NKFI-FK-1 135586) and operates in the Institute of History of the Research Centre for the Humanities ELKH.


Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities

1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán utca 4.