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Really in the shadow of Stalins boots
17-NOV-2012

Really in the shadow of Stalin's boots

This time we climbed up on the tribune where what's left of the gigantic Stalin statue (the boots) sits.

The Stalin Monument in Budapest was completed in December 1951 as a "gift" to Joseph Stalin from the Hungarian People on his 70th birthday (December 21, 1949). It was torn down on October 23, 1956, by enraged anti-Soviet crowds during Hungary's October Revolution. Only the boots [which are about six feet tall] remained. These are the boots from the monument but not the original tribune on which the statue stood.

The large monument stood 25 meters tall in total. The bronze statue stood eight meters high on a four meter high limestone base on top of a tribune 18 meters wide. Stalin was portrayed as a speaker, standing tall and rigid with his right hand at his chest.

On October 23, 1956, around 200,000 Hungarians gathered in Budapest to demonstrate in sympathy for the Poles who had just gained political reform during the Polish October. The Hungarians broadcast 16 demands over the radio, one of them being the dismantling of Stalin's statue. A hundred thousand Hungarian revolutionaries demolished the Stalin statue, leaving only his boots, in which they planted a Hungarian flag. The bronze inscribed name of the Hungarians' leader, teacher and "best friend" was ripped off from the pedestal. Before the toppling of the statue, someone had placed a sign over Stalin's mouth that read "RUSSIANS, WHEN YOU RUN AWAY DON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND!" The revolutionaries chanted "Russia go home!" while pulling down the statue. W.C. and other insulting remarks were scrawled over the fragmented parts of the statue. (From Wikipedia)

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Frank Tran24-Nov-2012 23:23
Excellent shot! Great info. V+
Martin Lamoon24-Nov-2012 15:09
Great boots and picture. The history is fascinating. v
Stephanie24-Nov-2012 14:48
Disturbing part of history extremely well captured by you. V
Jim Coffman24-Nov-2012 14:05
This is a great capture of this pair of boots!
Tom LeRoy24-Nov-2012 13:08
A great bit of history, superb shot, Helen. V
gerrit24-Nov-2012 11:45
This boots aren not made for walking.
Intimidating and interesting. V
Gervan24-Nov-2012 10:26
Interesting part of Hungarian history. Thanks for the info.
I saw something similar in Teheran: A pair of giant boots as a
remainder of a statue of Shah Reza Pahlevi.
Graeme24-Nov-2012 09:55
Excellent details and composition Helen.BV
joseantonio24-Nov-2012 08:47
Interesting image. thank you for the additional details.V
John Hamers24-Nov-2012 08:36
Great shot and interesting info !V
John Reynolds24-Nov-2012 08:28
An interesting piece of modern history. V.
Milan Vogrin24-Nov-2012 08:27
Nice photo!