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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Budapest Adventure >> Memento Park: Budapest's Communist-era Monuments > Sobering words on the monumental entry
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Sobering words on the monumental entry

The same general view with which I started this gallery, but taken from the top of the tribune with Stalin’s boots this time. I was fascinated with the entry to Memento Park and thought these passages from the park’s guidebook were quite illuminating:

“At the same time, [the architectural elements of the entry building] are used by the architect to symbolize communist ideology. By their sheer enormity, their power over everything, they emphasize the worthlessness of everything beneath them and the desire to be served by those under them.

“The enormous building with its imposing facades promises an incredible continuation, just like all those people who dreamed of the coming of a brighter future. However, with a glance behind the gate the trick is revealed: the façade is merely decoration, an enormous, fake Potemkin wall, which is supported from behind by posts and scaffolding.

“They [Marx, Engels and Lenin] greet the visitors as if they were intended to be the starting point of the time travel. But you cannot go through the main gate to start your journey. It is always closed. You have to find another solution: the golden rule of everyday communist life applies here too: next to every big door, there is a small window.”

A very long poem titled “One Sentence about Tyranny” by Gyula Illyés is written on the gate. It starts:

“Where tyranny exists
that tyranny exists
not only in the barrel
of the gun
not only in the cells
of a prison …”

One translation of the poem is at

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William Barletta28-Nov-2012 17:06
This great ~V~
Bill Miller25-Nov-2012 17:53
That wall and doorway seem very flat and 2D. All show and no substance. In an odd way this architecture remind me of Caesar's Palace in Vegas, although the statues there move and talk !!
Walter Otto Koenig25-Nov-2012 17:10
Nice tight framing on this entryway. How ironic that they built statutes for Marx, Engels and Lenin, but never really followed their philosophies. "V"
Tom LeRoy25-Nov-2012 16:07
A great shot of the entryway, Helen. Amazing history, glad it's over. V
Stephanie25-Nov-2012 09:57
Chilling words; excellent image! V
Zoltán Balogh25-Nov-2012 07:27
Superb capture Helen! V
Fong Lam25-Nov-2012 04:05
Remarkable capture of this imposing facade with excellent clarity, Helen .... and thanks for the fascinating information....V
bill friedlander25-Nov-2012 01:26
A great view and so nicely placed in the frame. Thanks for the description. V
woody3425-Nov-2012 00:32
Wonderful composition and the amazing information , outstanding..V
Fletcher Wildlife Garden24-Nov-2012 23:16
So true... thank you for posting this interesting information. And this imposing "facade"! V
janescottcumming24-Nov-2012 22:58
Your composition is perfect and the information very informative. Well done Helen.
John Reynolds LRPS24-Nov-2012 21:44
Interesting image. So glad that this is now history.
Colin Storey24-Nov-2012 20:01
Perfectly composed image, thanks for the infornation. v
Jim Coffman24-Nov-2012 18:37
A very fine capture,Helen! The world is now a better place..
Martin Lamoon24-Nov-2012 18:30
An impressive entrance, but reminds me of the saying 'all that glitter is not gold'