Posted on December 28, 2014
Istvan Bibó Szakkollégiumról (August 7, 1911, Budapest – May 10, 1979, Budapest) was a Hungarian lawyer, civil servant, politician and political theorist.
During the Hungarian Revolution he acted as the Minister of State for the Hungarian National Government led by Imre Nagy.
On 4th November 1956 Nikita Khrushchev sent the Red Army into Hungary and Nagy’s government was overthrown. When the Soviets invaded, Bibó was the last Minister left at his post in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest.
Rather than evacuate, Bibó stayed in the building and wrote his famous proclamation, “For Freedom and Truth”. Bibó was arrested on May 23, 1957 and sentenced to life imprisonment on August 2, 1958 but released in the 1963 amnesty.
On the 6th of August 2011, an exhibition commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Istvan Bibó was held at the Aba-Novak Contemporary Art Gallery – Aba-Novák Gallery “BIBO 100”.
Artwork by BUJAKI LASZLO
Digital image by ISTVAN OROSZ
“Bibó left behind the legacy of his intellect and a typewriter, a typewriter whose keys did not remain silent, not on that fateful day in the Hungarian parliament on November 4th 1956, nor after when his hands could only bang on the walls of his prison cell. The typewriter went on spreading his thoughts through countless hands.”
Paraphrased from A Biographical Sketch of Istvan Bibo [Volume 2(1983)] by Janos Kenedi Jr, translated by Emery George.