How the uprising against Nicolae Ceaușescu began

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

Beatings and torture: the Securitate response to the beginning of the revolt against Communist rule.

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

How Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, came to be published.

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

How did Ceaușescu’s rule of Romania come to an end? The Timisoara Uprising by first hand witnesses

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

What was it like in the Gulag? Interview with a survivor

Interview with one of the last living survivors of the Gulag: Ivanna Maszczak, who was sent to the notorious region of Kolyma. Before the interview, Giles Udy gives an introduction to the Gulag. And after the interview, there are questions from the audience. The event is introduced by James Bartholomew, director of the Museum of Communist Terror. It took place in a church in London in late 2021.

Love in the Gulag

A story of romance in the Gulag between a man and a woman who never met. Vladimir dropped a crumpled piece of paper from an open lorry among some women prisoners, asking for one of them to exchange letters with him. The women read the letter out aloud among themselves. Would any of them volunteer to reply? Ivanna did. And so began a romance that lasted 13 years and which still means a great deal to Ivanna.

Three escape attempts from Communist Hungary

Joseph made three attempts to escape Communist Hungary in 1969. If caught, he knew he would face five to ten years in jail and have no chance of a successful career. How did he try to get out? What happened?

What was life like under Communism? The story of a Hungarian

Why did Joseph Forgas decide to escape from Communist Hungary? What was life like there? He describes the monolithic control of the party; what made him finally decide to go; his three attempts to escape via Yugoslavia and the surprise that awaited him when he eventually reached the Western world.