alternative forms of education
alternative lifestyles and resistance of the everydays
conscientious objectors critical science
emigration/exile environmental protection
fine arts folk culture
human rights movements
literature and literary criticism media arts
minority movements music national movements party dissidents
peace movements philosophical/theoretical movements
samizdat and tamizdat
scientific criticism social movements
student movement surveillance
survivors of persecutions under authoritarian/totalitarian regimes
theatre and performing arts
applied arts objects
cartoons & caricatures
graphics grey literature
legal and/or financial documentation manuscripts memorabilia
other other artworks
sculptures video recordings voice recordings
The collection was started with the need to preserve and promote the legacy of Polish journalists and photographers who documented the social, cultural and political reality in socialist times. The members of the Association "The Road" want to show the everyday life of peasants, workers and intelligentsia in Poland on the photographs which sometimes were not shown or published due to press censorship (official censorship or self-control of the editors who decided not to publish certain materials).
Throughout his life, Károly Hetényi Varga has searched for and collected the biographical information of clericals who suffered from persecution by the Nazis and communists. Thanks to his interest and devoted efforts, an impressive body of work has formed. Hetényi Varga didn’t study history at a university, however. He created a unique, specific research system, the results of which remain indispensable to us.
The Collection of Historical Interviews is one of the most significant oral history collections in Hungary. It is a mixed collection of life story interviews that were done with the intention of creating materials for oral history narratives, and a lot of the archived interviews were conducted during the production of historical documentaries beginning in the 1960s. The latter usually cover one aspect or chapter in a person’s life. The materials constitute a particularly useful source for the study of the history of Hungarian television. However, the scope of the collection is such that it contains a lot of references to figures of the cultural opposition. The history of the collection itself represents a narrative of nonconformist cultural practices.
The Collection of Lénárd Ödön is a combination of items which would usually be representative of collections on religious resistance under the socialist dictatorship. It is at the same time the outcome of manifest resistance against the dictatorship and a private collection of documents based on Lénárd’s personal research. The trajectory of the collection offers insights into the ways in which archives which had been private were institutionalized after 1989.
This ad-hoc collection, located in two archives in Budapest, includes archival materials about Lajos Ordass, the bishop of the biggest evangelical church district in Hungary (1945-1948). The communist leaders stigmatized him as the “leader of the evangelical resistance.” After having spent years in prison, Ordass lived isolated from other church leaders, and his writings were prohibited. In this context, simply collecting his legacy constituted a form of opposition to the dictatorship.