On this day in 1956, the Soviets crushed the Hungarian revolt. It was a long time ago, but the bravery of the Hungarian people is worth remembering. Like many of you who escaped communism, I am a strong believer in reminding the younger generation that freedom is not cheap. In fact, many have paid the ultimate price to fight for it. Many Hungarians paid the price this month in 1956.
Before Prague 1968 or Poland 1980, there was Hungary, one of the great chapters of human valor of the 20th century.
From mid-October 1956 until the Soviet tanks crushed the revolution, the people of Hungary stood tall against overwhelming odds and indifference from the West. One of my heroes was the late Cardinal Mindszenty, who was imprisoned for 8 years and then given asylum at the US embassy. He died in Vienna in 1975 and never saw the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
We Cubans have a special place in our hearts for anyone who stood up to communism. We salute the brave people of Hungary and how they fought for freedom many years ago.