Tiny Tank Mini-Statue
Danube Promenade – Buda Side
Next to Kossuth Bridge Memorial sign
GPS: 47.505314, 19.03962
“Ruszkik Haza!” or “Russian’s go home!”
This was the chant heard throughout Budapest in 1956 as they fought their Soviet occupiers, and Hungarians demanded that they leave the country. And after several fierce battles, it looked like it had worked.
The Soviets retreated. They literally packed up and left the city and this was a great victory… or so the people would think. Less than a month later, with all of the Soviets out of Budapest, there was nothing to stop a full-out, bloody siege of the city.
Mihály Kolodko’s Tiny Tank Statue, on the Buda side of the Danube River, points toward the Parliament building. But the muzzle of the tank has been looks deflated, or perhaps even impotent.
Some have translated this to mean that the guns have stopped, so the tank is resting.
But perhaps it is the fact that that a simple call for freedom “Go home and leave us alone” led to so much bloodshed.
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