Strangers in a Strange Land

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Hungarian chauffeur poses with the 1953 Chrysler of an American sergeant in front of the crumbling Matthias Church in spring, 1956. The modern American cars had great propaganda value behind the Iron Curtain.

An American car. A Hungarian chauffeur. A war-torn Matthias Church still under renovation. Absolutely no tourists anywhere. This is a rare colour photograph of the Castle District from our collection, taken in the spring of 1956 by the owner of the 1953 Chrysler, an American sergeant.

The Castle District on the Buda side of the river has some very intense and untold Cold War history. There were quite a few U.S.-owned property in the area, making it one of the most frequent locations of the manuevres and secret operations of the Communist counter-intelligence.

Many of these stories, uncovered from recently declassified archival material during our research, are utterly chilling.

I cannot wait to tell you more about them in one of our walking tours. Book HERE.

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