Hidden Life Saving Hospital from 1956
In autumn 1956, as Soviet troops suppressed the Hungarian uprising against the country's communist regime, three-year…www.bbc.com
What is now a museum in Hungary is finally going unnoticed. The hospital was used during World War II as well as the Hungarian Uprising to help not only Hungarian citizens, and freedom fighters but Soviet Union soldiers. It first opened in 1944 and was described as “very modern for its time”. However it had to operate in secret because of the Soviet Union. When they discovered doctors who helped treat victims they were most often imprisoned or sadly executed. But is that not what a doctor is supposed to do and signs up for? No patient should go untreated, especially in a time of conflict?
Surprisingly enough the government actually declassified the hospital’s existence back in 2002. But still many Hungarians still don’t know what it is or what it did. Once you walk into the museum however you see a real life situation. What I mean is that the museum is literally filled with wax figures to depict what you could have seen. There are soldiers in beds from WWII, doctors treating Hungarians from the revolution in 1956. After the revolution it was turned into a nuclear bunker due to the threat of nuclear war during the Cold War.
Why was it kept secretive for so long?: The answer to this is simple, it had to be. If the Russians had found out about this secret hospital earlier many more lives would have been lost. Staff from that time were punished for ultimately doing their job. But the fact the government had declassified its existence makes me wonder if this was done because of the illegal things done after.
Do you think the museum is helpful/successful?: The museum is very important to history because it sheds light on a place that many do not know about and its impact. I feel like many people do not know about the Hungarian Uprising and its history with the Soviet Union and the impact on the Cold War. I know so much about it because I had done a project on it but many do not its significance. This little hospital did so much during a time of uncertainty; it saved lives, provided food, water, and medical supplies, and shelter. I feel like it gave people hope. If you read the article you will find personal accounts of what this hospital did for some people then and it is remarkable. One women actually gave stories that made the museum more accurate.