Sixty years ago, in the autumn of 1950, the Recsk concentration camp was founded in total secrecy. This was the most feared of the more than 100 punishment and labour camps run by the AVH, or Hungarian Secret Police. The camp existed only from 1950-1953, when it was closed down by Imre Nagy. Thousands lost their lives there in inhumane conditions design to crush the soul and destroy those who were placed there.
Recsk 1950-53 – The Story of a Secret Concentration Camp in Communist Hungary
This European Film Award winner documentary tells the story of Recsk, Hungary’s most notorious political prison camp, which operated between 1950 and 1953. During the early 1950’s the very existence of this camp for political prisoners at Recsk was one of the Hungarian communist regime’s deepest secrets. Hundreds of people were taken there without ever actually being sentenced by any court, and had to suffer through the brutal treatment handed down by their sadistic captors. This documentary tells the story of Recsk from both the captors’ and the prisoners’ point of view, capturing the atmosphere of paranoia, humiliation and degradation that prevailed throughout the Stalinist gulag system. A film by Géza Böszörményi and Lívia Gyarmathy.
Escape from Recsk (Szökés)
Five years after Word War II Hungarian people are secretly arrested and taken to a labour camp without any judicial sentence. During the early 1950’s the very existence of the camp for political prisoners at Recsk was one of the Hungarian communist regime’s deepest secrets. Escape From Recsk tells the story of the only person who ever managed to escape successfully from Recsk – Hungary’s most notorious prison camp. He cherishes his hope by memorizing the names of fellow prisoners. The disclosure of the names of these prisoners in the West revealed the existence of the camp to the world and started the process that eventually led to dismantling the gulag camps in Central East Europe. Escape From Recsk captures the atmosphere of paranoia, humiliation and degradation that prevailed throughout the Stalinist gulag system. Even the guards do not trust each other in this nightmare world where betrayal is the only currency for purchasing small favours, and even life. A film by Lívia Gyarmathy.