Behind the Rape of Hungary

Behind the Rape of Hungary

Behind the Rape of Hungary

Behind the Rape of Hungary

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I am happy to write these few lines for the first page of your book: you are giving me the opportunity of restating, as so many Frenchmen have done before me, our deep feelings of solidarity with your nation, our respect for its sufferings, and our admiration for its courage. But it would be pointless to introduce you to a public already familiar with your Histoire des Démocraties Populaires: this book is justly esteemed as being the only true source of light on those countries so close to us, and yet so mysterious for the last ten years. In the name of all of us who have been impressed by your profound insight into social problems, and who, thanks to you, have for the first time understood the economic contradictions against which these new societies are struggling, may I tell you that your most precious quality is the objectivity of your approach? This objectivity is the result of your perspicacity and knowledge, but it is also a mark of your self-control. It is difficult, almost impossible, for an exile to be impartial. Yet you have decided to be impartial, and you have succeeded. How lucky we have been to find your book in the midst of so many works variously motivated, but all equally suspect, some celebrating the Eastern regimes, and others condemning them. This time you speak to us only about Hungary, and yet, despite everything you have felt since October 23, 1956, you have preserved the same distance--which is not aloofness, but an ardent wish to understand and to inform. Before having your manuscript in hand, I read in periodicals several of your studies and articles which give a foretaste of this book. Despite your constant effort to . . .

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