The relationships between red army and the hungarians during soviet occupation of Hungary at the end of World War II




World War II, the Red Army, Hungary, propaganda, crimes of the Red Army soldiers, occupation


One of the World War II stages - the Red Army acquisition and occupying of Eastern Europe, particularly of Hungary is to be considered here. The features of relationships between the Red Army and local people are being analyzed through the revision of views on the Soviet troops presence outside the Soviet Union in 1944 - 1945 years. It is to be defined, based on real facts, the changing of relationships from the first meeting of the hungarians with Soviet units who entered the state territory due to military necessity and to the overall perception of the Soviet. Particularly is to be focused on Budapest inhabitants attitudes in anticipation of the new government establishment in the country. The facts of theb Red Army deviant behavior that led to negative attitudes among the local people are to be defined, and Soviet military and political leaders activities against combat crimes. It is to be defined Soviet propaganda special activities, that were aimed to win hearts and minds of the Hungarians and the correct understanding of the Soviet Union policy in the final stage of World War II. This work is to determine that Soviet propaganda campaign, which unfolded in that period, provided new Hungarian party institutions and consolidated Soviet power in Hungary. Nevertheless Hungarian citizens perceived the Red Army with cautious and fears, due to the Red Army atrocities, but prolonged foreign army occupation of the state and imposing of socialism changed the Hungarians mood to extremely negative. This finally led Hungarian residents to situation understanding, especially in comparison of occupation by Nazi and Soviet.

Author Biography

Olesia Kutska, National Army Academy named after hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi

PhD in historical sciences, associate professor


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How to Cite

Kutska, O. (2017). The relationships between red army and the hungarians during soviet occupation of Hungary at the end of World War II. Skhid, (1(147).