27 October 2006

Exhibition on 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution to be
Inaugurated at the VIC

VIENNA, 27 October (UN Information Service) -- An exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 will be inaugurated on Tuesday, 31 October, at 11.30 am in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

Titled "The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the United Nations", the exhibition illustrates the role played by the UN during and after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It consists of a series of black and white photos of Hungarian refugees fleeing to Austria, taken by artist Ata Kando, as well as photos from the archives of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which document the everyday lives of the refugees. Contemporary documents from Governments and the UN expressing their support for the Revolution are also on display.

The ceremony will be opened by Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna. Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna; László Szőke, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary; Gottfried Koefner, Regional Representative UNHCR and Alpár Bujdosó, Member of the Hungarian Delegation to the UN headed by Anna Kéthly, Minister of State of the Imre Nagy Government in 1956, will address the event.

 "Fifty years ago, the Hungarian revolution began with a peaceful demonstration to show solidarity with the Polish nation. Today, I am proud to confirm that Hungary will show solidarity with every nation that seeks freedom and democracy for its people," said Kinga Göncz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary in her address to the sixty-first session of the General Assembly in September this year.

The exhibition, which will be on display in the rotunda of the VIC until 4 November, has been organized by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna, and Collegium Hungaricum, a cultural institute based in Vienna. It can be viewed as part of the guided tours of the VIC, organized by the UNIS Visitors Service.

The media, NGOs, diplomats and UN staff are welcome to attend the official opening of the exhibition at 11.30 am on Tuesday, 31 October in the VIC Rotunda.

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For further information, contact:

Jaya Mohan
Information Officer, UNIS
Tel : ++ 43 1 26060 4448
Email: jaya.mohan@unvienna.org