Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
In the pre-dawn hours of November 4, 1956, Soviet forces
launched a major attack against the Hungarian capital of Budapest,
aimed at crushing the national uprising that had begun some 12 days
earlier. While there was fierce opposition from the Hungarian
people - dubbed Freedom Fighters - it took the Soviets only a few
weeks to destroy the resistance. Why did the Hungarians revolt? Was
it a merely romantic assertion of a poetic people - or was it a
manly assertion for freedom against tyranny?
Having fled his native Hungary during those tumultuous times,
Peter W. Schramm is now the Executive Director of the John M.
Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and a Professor of Political
Science at Ashland University. Previously, he served in the Reagan
Administration as the Director of the Center for International
Education in the United States Department of Education and was the
President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship
and Political Philosophy, in Claremont, California. He was recently
awarded the Salvatori Prize in American Citizenship by The Heritage
Foundation for his work in teaching the principles of the American
More About the Speakers
Peter W. Schramm, Ph.D.
John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, and
Professor of Political Science,
Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.