Budapest after the aerial bombardment in the second world war and today

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elizabeth Bridge and Our Lady of Hungary Parish

Allied forces began to bomb Budapest on April 3, 1944. Due to the bombing campaign a significant part of the city was laid in ruins; to slow down the advance of the Soviet army retreating German forces blew up all Danube bridges in January, 1945.

Krisztina District

Chain Bridge

Széna Square

Elisabeth Bridge

Attila Street, the Royal Palace in the background

Petőfi (1937-1945 Miklós Horthy) bridge

Nyárs, Párduc and Tigris streets in the first district

Csörsz and Böszörményi streets in the XII. district

Ruins of the Rudas Baths and the destroyed Elizabeth bridge

Buda Castle Gate Vienna

Rác Bath in the Tabán

Lisznyai Street

Logodi Street

Miko street corner and Attila street

Rác Bath

Szalag and Magas Street intersection

The Farkasréti cemetery chapel

Váralja Street

Nagyenyed and Böszörményi street intersection

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Ricsi said...

Most of this damage was caused during the siege from Dec to February 1945. The US bombing was primarily aimed at the industrial complexes on Csepel and the Railway infrastructure.
Undoubtedly some bombs fell off target but the real destruction was in the siege.

Anonymous said...

An ’Unknown Holocaust’ and the Hijacking of History By Mark Weber Institute for Historical Review (

...One recent and particularly useful overview is a 615-page book, published in 2007, entitled After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. / 3 In it, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the ruined and prostrate German Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or starvation. He explains how some three million Germans died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities -- about two million civilians, mostly women, children and elderly, and about one million prisoners of war...
Although I’m focusing here on the treatment of Germans , it’s worth keeping in mind that they were not the only victims of postwar Allied brutality. Across central and eastern Europe, the heavy hand of Soviet rule continued to take lives of Poles, Hungarians, Ukrainians, and people of other nationalities.

As Soviet troops advanced into central and eastern Europe during the war’s final months, they imposed a reign of terror, pillage and killing without compare in modern history. The horrors were summarized by George F. Kennan, the acclaimed historian who also served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union. He wrote: / 4

“The disaster that befell this area with the entry of the Soviet forces has no parallel in modern European experience. There were considerable sections of it where, to judge by all existing evidence, scarcely a man, woman or child of the indigenous population was left alive after the initial passage of Soviet forces; and one cannot believe that they all succeeded in fleeing to the West … The Russians … swept the native population clean in a manner that had no parallel since the days of the Asiatic hordes.”...

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