From: The Honorable Dennis A. Ross
Bill: H.Res. 865
Co-Sponsor Resolution Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight
I invite you to be a cosponsor of H.Res.865 , commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Right of 1956.
On October 23, 1956, approximately 20,000 protesters convened next to the statue of General József Bem—a national hero of Hungary. Despite orders to disband the protest, demonstrators tore down a 30-foot
bronze statue of Stalin near the city’s Heroes’ Square.
The following morning, power was consolidated and a new multi-party government was formed. The Revolution spread like wildfire through the countryside.
On November 1, Prime Minister Imre Nagy announced Hungary’s withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact and a declaration of neutrality. Embarrassed by the uprising, the USSR sent Soviet tanks and troops across the
Hungarian border. Thousands of Hungarian civilians were killed, and the Communist-backed government in Budapest was re-installed.
In the months following the Revolution, more than 20,000 Hungarians were imprisoned, 229 were executed, and more than 200,000 were forced to flee across the world.
While the 1956 Hungarian Revolution would ultimately prove unsuccessful, its cause and fight for liberty have defined the relationship and friendship between the United States and Hungary.
Original cosponsors include: Rep. Andy Harris (MD-1); Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9); and Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5).
To become a cosponsor H.Res.865, please contact Melissa Robel in Rep. Dennis Ross’ office at 5-1252 or
Dennis A. Ross
Member of Congress