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Soviet invasion of Hungary


Russian friends
Tomas Venclova Poet
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Well, and I... I didn’t feel any great hate or anger towards the Russians, so to speak, there were quite a few Russians amongst my friends and, as I’ve said, in that regard, I was different from the majority of Lithuanians. I was only 19 years old and there it was, the Hungarian Revolution was suppressed, and suppressed very brutally. It was suppressed very brutally and then, the day it was suppressed, that was November 4th.

Na, o aš... aš kaip tik nejaučiau rusams jokios didelės neapykantos ar pasipiktinimo, kaip sakant, mano draugų tarpe buvo nemažai rusų ir, kaip sakiau, ta prasme irgi skyriausi nuo daugumos lietuvių. Buvau tik 19-kos metų ir štai, Vengrijos sukilimas buvo numalšintas ir numalšintas labai žiauriai. Numalšintas labai žiauriai ir tada, tą dieną, kai jis buvo numalšintas, tai buvo Lapkričio 4-oji.

Born in 1937, Tomas Venclova is a Lithuanian scholar, poet, author and translator of literature. He was educated at Vilnius University and later at Tartu University. As an active participant in the dissident movement he was deprived of Soviet citizenship in 1977 and had to emigrate. Between 1977 and 1980 he lectured at University of California, Berkeley, where he became friends with the Polish poet Czesław Miłosz, who was a professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the school, as well as the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky. He is currently a full professor at Yale University.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Hungarian Revolution

Duration: 33 seconds

Date story recorded: May/June 2011

Date story went live: 20 March 2012