The Bonds of the Soviet People

1862 WordsJun 16, 20188 Pages
Elena Gorokhova explains in her memoir that “The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they're lying, they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.” The novel, A Mountain of Crumbs, depicts the hopelessness, opression and deception of life behind the Iron Curtain during the 70s and 80s. Many rights of the people within the Soviet Union were violated and unacknowledged. In ages past, there were no human rights but the idea evolved after a while. It was at the end of World War II that the United Nations created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with the purpose of saving future generations from devastating internal conflicts. Human rights are the rights one has simply…show more content…
Hungary was often exploited by the Soviets, who used force to steal goods from Hungarian people and demanded huge amounts of grain, meat, vegetables and dairy products. Hatred spewed throughout Hungary for Russia because they controlled their economy, which caused them to be poor. The turmoil and unrest was beginning to grow from the workers (Ray). A detailed study for the United States Army was prepared several months before the Hungarian uprisings, examines Hungary “as a potential theater for Special Forces operations”. It said, “In international and national politics, in its agricultural policy of collectivization, in its program of industrialization, in its policy of Sovietization, in its persecution of religion, its regimentation of workers and widespread use of forced labor, the Communist regime has completely thwarted Hungarian nationalism and provided all elements of the population with numerous reasons for being dissident” ("Hungary: Resistance Activities and Potentials").Yet, there was still hope for the Hungarians. Shortly after, Joseph Stalin died of a massive heart attack on March 5th, 1953. This led many people to think that their countries would be “de-Stalinized” and that the dictatorship over the proletarians would end. On October of 1956, students, workers and soldiers in Hungary attacked the secret police to achieve independence from Moscow. Later that
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