Toronto Tuesday 01.15

Volume 1, Edition 15

Toronto Tuesday‘ is a weekly photo feature about random stuff (landmarks, people, culture, seasons, etc.) in the city.

Memorial to Hungarian Revolution of 1956

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the Stalinist government of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. As the protests gained momentum all across the country, the communist government fell. USSR sent troops to crush the protesters and took over the government in a military action that resulted in 3,200 deaths and 200,000 refugees.

Hungarian Freedom Fight Memorial

Anti-communist Western governments were quick to glorify the struggle and term it as the beginning of end of Soviet era. The Soviets on the other hand cultivated the perception that communism was both irreversible and monolithic.

Information board

I live close to the east European neighborhood and this memorial is located on the waterfront trail south of Queensway-Queen St. W junction.

Memorial. I don’t know what that ugly gray box is doing there.

The memorial was erected in 1966 and reads “Freedom for Hungary, Freedom for all.” I like the abstractness of the sculpture. Click the images for a bigger view.

I think the monument was simply a political statement about Canada’s stance during the cold war. I also think that the message appeals to people’s emotions (manipulation?) rather than a factual description – e.g. use of phrases like ‘men, women, children’, ‘worldwide’ etc.