1945 - A Break with the Past by Zdenko Cepic (Editor)

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But in fact the delegation only came to inform the Yugoslav leadership about the intentions of the Soviet Union in Hungary, that is of the Soviet plan to establish a new government under János Kádár and of the military intervention of Soviet troops that would ensure the effectiveness of the new government. 4 When Edvard Kardelj at the federal parliament session on November 1 and President Tito in his Pula speech on November 11 condemned the Soviet intervention in Hungary, relations between the Soviet Union and Yugoslav took a dramatic turn for the worse, coming close to the chill between 1948 and 1953.

The events had already claimed roughly 15,000 dead and wounded on the Hungarian side and 2,500 on the Soviet side. The second Soviet intervention began on November 1, 1956. Soviet forces surrounded Budapest and all of the airports. They claimed this was necessary to evacuate the wounded. The Hungarian Army received a strict order not to use their arms. On the same day, Nagy formally announced Hungary's neutrality and its withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact. He notified the UN that new Soviet troops were arriving and requested the assistance of western powers in defending Hungarian neutrality.

In Poland, this led to a massive uprising of workers in the industrial city of Poznań on January 28 and 29, 1956, the rallying cry of which was the demand for higher pay. When a delegation returned from Warsaw carrying the message that these demands had been rejected, the workers took to the streets, attacking a number of public 3 In Romania, the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, who became the General Secretary of the ruling communist party in 1965, became one of the cruelest in the eastern bloc. This would cost Ceausescu his life when the changes of 1989 arrived.

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