On 12th of October 2017 CEES`s students took part in the exhibition “Hungary 1956. Faces and Objects” held at the Historical Meeting Room in Warsaw. The exhibition was opened by Hungary’s Ambassador Orsolya Zsuzsanna Kovács and Ákos Engelmayer, a participant of the revolution of 1956, a journalist and historian, from 1990 to 1995 Hungarian ambassador to Poland, lecturer in Eastern European Studies.
The exhibition was followed by a discussion with Polish and Hungarian historians: Reki Kiss, Łukasz Kamiński, János Tischler and Rafał Rogulski. The discussants presented a wide European context of the causes and effects of the Hungarian uprising, the Polish-Hungarian relations, the scale of the destruction and repression after the suppression of the uprising, and the view of those events in the Hungarian collective memory. Students had the opportunity to compare the various historical narratives related to the events of the 40th and 50th centuries in Central and Eastern Europe.