In October 1956, a spontaneous uprising took Hungarian Communist authorities by surprise, prompting Soviet authorities to invade the country. After a few days of violent fighting, the revolt was crushed. In the wake of the event, some 200,000 refugees left Hungary, 35,000 of whom made their way to Canada. This would be the first time Canada would accept so many refugees of a single origin, setting a precedent for later refugee initiatives. More than fifty years later, this collection focuses on the impact of the revolution in Hungary, in Canada, and around the world.
Christopher Adam is a sessional lecturer at Carleton University. Tibor Egervari is professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa. He is a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as well as an Officier des Palmes Academiques. Leslie Laczko is chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Pluralism and Inequality in Quebec (University of Toronto Press, 1995). Judy Young is president of the Canada-Hungary Education Foundation, Ottawa.