Judges, Law and Death

After 1948, all democratic institutions were closed down in Soviet-occupied Hungary. The independent judiciary was disbanded and so the ruling communists were easily able to sentence hundreds of innocent people to death for purely political reasons in a series of spectacular show trials. Following the failed 1956 Revolution, the ruling powers used the judiciary as a tool to intimidate and persecute their political foes. Some judges assisted the regime in its machinations and some did not. Heti Válasz looked into the lives and roles of a number or participants in both Hungary and the Czech Republic.