Press Room - 2018

Így avatták Horthyék a Nagy Imre szobor helyén egykor állt emlékművet
Posted: 28/December/2018
As a replacement of Imre Nagy's statue, the current Hungarian government is planning to recreate a copy of the monument of National Martyrs, erected by Miklós Horthy's government in 1934.  A video covering the inauguration of this statute is available on the link below:
Valuable New Addition to the Film Collection of Blinken OSA
Posted: 14/December/2018
In the summer of 2018, OSA received a unique collection of propaganda and promotional films produced by the Hungarian Propaganda and Tourism Agency (Idegenforgalmi Propaganda és Kiadó Vállalat) before the regime change in 1989-1990.
Book Presentation: Márta Elbert – Through the Lens of a Small Camera
Posted: 10/December/2018

 Book presentation: Márta Elbert – Through the Lens of a Small Camera
- public and private issues -

Introduction by Bálint Magyar, followed by a discussion – in Hungarian – with the participation of the author of the book and Erzsi  Sándor.

December 13, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Blinken OSA Archives
1051 Budapest Arany János u. 32.

Research Support Grant in the Hoover Institution Archives RFE/RL Collections
Posted: 09/December/2018
Scholarship to Fund the Hiring of a Research Assistant to Conduct Research in the Hoover Institution Archives RFE/RL, inc. Collections  A grant is offered jointly by the Freedom Broadcasting Foundation and the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University, to fund the hiring of a research assistant to conduct distant research in the Hoover Institution Archives RFE/RL, inc. Collections.
Blinken OSA Operates in Budapest
Posted: 04/December/2018
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University – the archives of Radio Free Europe – operates in Budapest.
Blinken OSA Acquires the Personal Papers of Peter Pastor
Posted: 04/December/2018
Peter Pastor, professor emeritus of history at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ., donated his personal papers related to the Atlantic Research and Publications, Inc. (ARP) to Blinken OSA. Professor Pastor is a prominent member of the 1956 Hungarian exile community in the US and a historian focusing primarily on diplomatic and military relations between Hungary and Russia/USSR, and on twentieth century Hungary. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of seven books.
Blinken OSA Joins Demonstration for Academic Freedom outside the Hungarian Parliament
Posted: 27/November/2018
The organizers of the demonstration outside the Hungarian Parliament from November 24 – December 1, 2018, invite all to participate in their open lectures, musical performances, and cultural events.  "At the conclusion of 24 November Tüntetés a Tudomány és az Oktatás Szabadságáért, we will remain on Kossuth Square. Throughout the next week we will occupy the heart of Hungarian political power, showing Orbán and Fidesz that our coalition is committed to freedom of thought and education in this country. Whether we leave or stay we remain committed to Hungary."  
Pedagógus továbbképzési program az OSA-ban 2018. december 8-tól
Posted: 08/November/2018
Scopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History Lecturers: historians András Mink and Krisztián Ungváry Organizer: Blinken OSA / Central European University  Continuing education registration number: 27282-153-2016  Number of credit hours: 30  Course dates: December 8, 2018 - April 6, 2019  The course meets 8 times on Saturdays: December 8, 2018; January 12 and 26, 2019; February 9 and 23, 2019; March 9 and 23, 2019; April 6, 2019. Course times: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (2x90 minutes with a 30 minute break) Course venue: Blinken OSA Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.
Visegrad Scholarships at Blinken OSA
Posted: 07/November/2018
The application deadline for submissions in the 2018/19 academic year is November 15, 2018.
Posted: 05/November/2018
With over 20 full house screenings and two extra screenings added to the already busy schedules, the Budapest part of Verzió Human Rights Film Festival has now finished.  The festival continues this week in Pécs, Szeged, and Kecskemét. Please find the program of the respective cities on the links below. Screenings in Pécs Screenings in Kecskemét  Szeged The full list of awarded films is available here.
15th Verzio Film Festival: November 6–11, 2018
Posted: 30/October/2018
Festival sites This festival sites include: Toldi Cinema, Művész Cinema, Kino Café Cinema, the Blinken OSA Archives, the Central European University and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts—which will also host the opening ceremony. The films will be accompanied by talks with directors, human rights activists, and experts. A compilation of Verzió films will also be shown outside of Budapest, on 15–25 November at the Apolló Cinema in Pécs, the Grand Café Cinema and Megálló in Szeged, and for the first time, in Kecskemét at the Otthon Cinema. The 15th Verzió Film Festival is supported by the Creative Europe Media program of the European Union.
Suicide - Hungary 1956-1986
Posted: 29/October/2018

SUICIDE – Hungary 1956–1986

September 28 – November 4, 2018

Opening Ceremony: September 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Opening remarks by Krisztina Tóth

A klinikai pszichológus szemszögéből – Tárlatvezetés
Posted: 28/October/2018

A guided tour (in Hungarian) of Blinken OSA's current exhibition Suicide – Hungary 1956-1986, by Dr Dóra Perczel-Forintos, on October 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

This exhibition is open until November 4, 2018.

For more details on the event, please visit the Hungarian version of our website.



Előadás: Bűnügyi fotográfia a fényképezőgépen túlról
Posted: 24/October/2018

A Blinken OSA Archívum meghívja Önt a Centrális Galéria „Öngyilkosság – Magyarország 1956-1986” című kiállításához kapcsolódó előadásra, melyet Barakonyi Szabolcs, az Index az index fotórovatának vezetője tart „Bűnügyi fotográfia a fényképezőgépen túlról” címmel.

Teenage Refugees of 1956 in the French Foreign Legion
Posted: 18/October/2018
This unique collection of overwhelmingly cold war historical resources were explored and produced by the donor, Béla Nóvé – a Hungarian historian and documentary film maker residing in Budapest – as a result of his extended oral history and archival research carried out in France and Hungary during the period of 2011-2017.
 Suicide – Hungary 1956-1986: A Guided Tour
Posted: 20/September/2018

The tour will be held by Miklós Tamási, editor of FORTEPAN, an online photo archive.

Student Employment Opportunity at Blinken OSA
Posted: 19/September/2018
The successful candidate will work on the processing of textual documents collected by 1956 émigré Péter Pallai, journalist at the Hungarian service of BBC.
Research Support Grant in the Hoover Institution Archives RFE/RL Collections
Posted: 17/September/2018
A grant is offered jointly by the Freedom Broadcasting Foundation and the Open Society Archives at Central European University to fund the hiring of a research assistant to help distant research in the Hoover Institution Archives RFE/RL, inc. Collections.
 European Researchers' Night at Blinken OSA: September 28, 2018
Posted: 16/September/2018

This year, for the first time, the Central European University and the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University participate in the event.

Posted: 14/September/2018
What you get to glimpse into here is a collective, hidden family photo album. Almost everyone has a relative who decided to leave this world voluntarily. Almost everyone has a close family member or distant relation who left us this way: Even if they might not know about it. What is presented here is an accelerated history course for intermediate students. Exam question: How could one get through the period between the Sixties and Eighties in Hungary? Give extreme examples for adaptation and rebellion from the history of your family. The photos exhibited here show various forms of total adaptation and all-out rebellion.   
Fényes szelek ‘68: Ötven éve kezdték forgatni Jancsó Miklós filmjét
Posted: 13/September/2018

September 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Galeria Centralis

Blinken OSA Archives

1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.


The Confrontation ‘68

A talk on the film which looks at the National Association of People's Colleges from a 1968 perspective.

European Heritage Days at Blinken OSA
Posted: 12/September/2018
European Heritage Days in the building of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU
Blinken OSA participates in the European Heritage Days, and its building, the Goldberger House (built in 1911) will be open to the public on September 15 and 16, 2018.
Želimir Žilnik: EARLY WORKS (1969) - Film screening and public talk
Posted: 12/September/2018

September 12, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Želimir Žilnik: EARLY WORKS (1969)
Film screening and public talk, moderated by Oksana Sarkisova

Galeria Centralis
Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Vacancy Notice: Receptionist Wanted at Blinken OSA
Posted: 10/August/2018
Blinken OSA is seeking a new colleague as full time receptionist from September 17, 2018 for six months.
Farewell to Spring
Posted: 10/August/2018


Revolutionary Youth Magazines 1968. Nr. 2

June 21 – September 16, 2018


Opening: June 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Opening remarks by József Mélyi


The year 1968 started with great hopes in some Central and Eastern European countries: for a brief moment it seemed that strict ideology was being replaced by political pragmatism. Elements of consumer culture, and even a private sector appeared; cultural censorship was loosened – or lifted. The whirlwind of the Western protest movements reached the region, while counter culture also left its mark on Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. Similarly to Western youth, young people from behind the Iron Curtain also wanted to correct the mistakes of the previous generation, and they found their own voice and their own ways to express themselves. Creating a fictional international youth magazine, the exhibition “Farewell to Spring” presents this thriving and hopeful period of student protests, happenings and other events of youth and counter culture, which ended with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.



ALTORJAY Gábor, Jerzy BEREŚ, Eugen BRIKCIUS, Stano FILKO, Tomislav GOTOVAC, GULYÁS Gyula, Matjaž HANŽEK, Tadeusz KANTOR, KEMÉNY György, Milan KNÍŽÁK, KONKOLY Gyula, Július KOLLER, Marko POGAČNIK, Red Peristyle, SZENTJÓBY Tamás, Želimir ŽILNIK,


Curated by SZÉKELY Katalin

Concept by MÉLYI József, SZÉKELY Katalin

Assistant curator SZÖRÉNYI Péter


Exhibition design by KRISTÓF Krisztián


Verzio Human Rights Film Festival Wins European Grant
Posted: 09/August/2018
A Verzió Film Alapítvány az európai uniós pályázat keretében 27 000 euró támogatásban részesül.
“Live” coverage of the 1968 Invasion of Czechoslovakia
Posted: 09/August/2018

“Live” coverage of the 1968 Invasion of Czechoslovakia

Starting on August 20, 2018, Blinken OSA covers the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia “live” with close to 4,000 news items issued by the Central News Room of Radio Free Europe (RFE), between August 20 and September 10, 1968. The documents are published online exactly 50 years after their initial release to RFE’s national broadcast desks for dissemination. The public will be able to follow the unfolding of the invasion as the Central News Room issued incoming information sometimes by the minute.

Blinken OSA’s new website dedicated to the Czechoslovak crisis of 1968 also features a compilation of photographs documenting the operation of the Central News Room, a collection of photographs on the occupying forces entering the town of Košice, as well as a rare set of original leaflets protesting against the Soviet-led invasion from across Czechoslovakia.

The attached three documents are samples of the close to 4,000 documents to be published online starting August 20, 2018.


Filmvetítés – Gulyás Gyula:Tanítványok
Posted: 08/August/2018

Discussion and film screening with English subtitles on September 11, 2018, 6 p.m.

Paul Fábry, founder of the Joseph Pulitzer Memorial Prize passes away at the age
Posted: 20/July/2018
Paul Fábry, founder of the Joseph Pulitzer Memorial Prize, head of the Hungarian Office of the Radio Free Europe in New York between 1950 and 1953, politician, diplomat and businessman passed away at the age of 99. The prize which has become the most prestigious professional recognition in the Hungarian media, was awarded to Blinken OSA in the category of press history in 2010. Blinken OSA preserves and makes publicly available documents, audio and film recordings of the recent past; the prize was awarded for our thematic online collection of the regime change, giving insight into the events of every single day in 1989.
RFE/RL to Launch News Services in Bulgarian and Romanian
Posted: 19/July/2018
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has announced plans to launch news services in Bulgaria and Romania in a bid to strengthen the media landscape in both countries - announced the organization on its website.