In 1947 Masaryk made a fateful error in strongly endorsing the US offer of millions in aid under the Marshall Plan. When the US unveiled the brilliantly cunning and generous plan, the Soviets and their Czech lackeys demurred, and by strange coincidence a full-on communist coup was staged in February of ’48. Masaryk was one of the few non-communists left in place, a man largely alone.
On this day in 1956, an escalating national uprising brewing for 12 days in Hungary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops. Thousands were killed and wounded and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country in the crack-down. The crisis in Hungary began in October 1956, when thousands of protesters took to the streets […]