Already at the evening of 23 October 1956 a significant crowd gathered at the Stalin Statue in Budapest. They started to pull down the statue. Its destruction became a symbolic event of the revolution.
At start, people wanted to pull down the statue with tractors and steel cables. It did not move. When workers arrived to the square from the factories they brought flame-cutting machines along, and cut the statue at the boots. The torso became an emblematic image of the revolution. A real size copy of it was erected in front of Memento Park memorial site in the outskirts of Budapest.
This exhibition and videos were created by the working group of the "Hungary 1956" digital humanities project at National Széchényi Library in collaboration with Google.
The Project (to be launched on 23 October 2016) is about creating a georeferenced online living archive of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution with a particular emphasis on its visual heritage (films and photos) by making advantage of GoogleMaps.
Creators would like to thank the MANDA Archive (http://mandarchiv.hu/), Fortepan (www.fortepan.hu), and the 1956 Institute (now integrated into the National Széchényi Library, see www.rev.hu) for supporting the Project. Their materials are used in these exhibitions and videos.