The sinister history of the CEU building

Nádor Street 9 is now the home of the Central European University (CEU), but the building has a pretty sinister Cold War history. From 1945 this was the HQ of the Supreme Council of Economy (Gazdasági Főtanács), which was an instrumental weapon of the Soviet Union to achieve the economic enslavement of Hungary even before [...]

When the Soviets Shelled the House of a U.S. Diplomat

Ruins of the Castle District after the final Soviet attack on the freedom fighters in 1956. The badly damaged building on the left was U.S. property and at the time belonged to Anton Nyerges, the Press Attache of the U.S. Legation. Already after the first day of heavy fighting, Nyerges found almost all his shirts [...]

Colonel Dallam vs the ÁVH: How They Bugged the Home of the U.S. Air Attaché

62 years ago to this day, the AVH reported that they had successfully bugged the house of Colonel Welwyn Dallam, the U.S. Air Attaché in Budapest. "Following the approved operational plan, yesterday we performed the successful installation of the "IX/8 measure" in the apartment of U.S. Air Attache [Colonel] Welwyn Dallam on September 2, 1955. [...]

Sex and the War-torn City

No, this is not a photo montage! This is a simple photo shooting of touristy U.S. marine sergeants getting slightly out of hand when the ever amorous Sgt. Zahary suddenly spots an elegant young Hungarian lady passing by on the now dismantled Kossuth bridge at the Southern tip of the Parliament in early 1956. It's [...]

Chilling behind the Iron Curtain

Serving behind the Iron Curtain didn't mean that the "imperialists" did not occasionally have the opportunity to relax. Here some off duty U.S. Marine Security Guard sergeants enjoy the pool on the summer of 1956. The place for the U.S. diplomats to chill in the 1950s was the huge property owned by the American government [...]