- Varna, Bulgaria
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The documents of the Cultural Forum and Counter-Forum of Budapest in late 1985 reflected on the major changes which had just begun at the time in East-West relations, politics, and diplomacy, together with the challenging concept of cultural freedom as a basic part of human rights. For the official Forum, some 850 participants were accredited to Budapest, thus the city was home for six weeks to a legion of diplomats and experts. However, instead of the protocol-like program of the official Forum, the real novelty which caught the attention of the world, the samizdat press, the Western public, and dissidents from the East (not to mention the Hungarian secret police, who were busier than ever) was an open dispute among writers and intellectuals from both East and West that was held at a poet’s flat and then at a film director’s apartment, and which lasted three days. The rich and versatile sub-collection contains many exciting documents which are of potential interest both to Hungarian and international visitors.
- Budapest, Hungary
- Invitation for the IHF Cultural Symposium, Budapest, 15-18 October 1985. Manuscript
- Secret report of the Hungarian State Security Service, 16 October 1985. Manuscript
- Special issue of the Hungarian samizdat paper ’Hírmondó’ on the debates of Cultural Forum and Counter-Forum held in Budapest, October–November 1985