Nagy Imre, as the Hungarians call him, was a politician who stood up to the Soviets in the late 50's during Hungary's 1956 Uprising, and who ended up being executed in secret and buried in an anonymous grave two years later, for his efforts to stand up for Hungary against a great and oppressive world power.
His statue is one of the more interesting and thought-provoking memorials to a single individual you will find in any city, except for perhaps the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He stands on a bridge, facing the Parliament and the River, his body turned away from the Soviet Freedom Memorial in Freedom Square (commemorating the Russians defeating the Germans in WWII and "rescuing" Hungary), as well as being turned away from Gellert Hill where atop the Citadella sits a statue that was originally constructed by the Soviets to commemorate Russian soldiers who died "saving" Hungary from the Germans, and which the Hungarians turned into their own statue of liberty after their ties to the Soviet Union were broken in 1990. It's a thought-provoking experience to see this bronze statue, to muse on its position, and to think about Hungary's turbulent modern history, and the people who died trying to make her a free country. The monument is also close to many other Budapest sights such as the Basilica of St. Istvan, Freedom Square with the Reagan Statue, Parliament, and the Danube. If you are in that area you should definitely try to walk past it and reflect a little bit before moving on.
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