English name for Terror Haza
, the former headquarters of the fascist Hungarian Arrowcross Party
and, after 1945, the Hungarian
secret police services. At 60 Andrassy Boulevard in Budapest
, the building has been reconvertered into a museum to commemorate the victims of fascism and Communism in Hungary
- many of whom who were torture
d to death in the cellars, as well as to show off the more benign, kitchy elements of life in a Soviet satellite
The museum makes good use of a number of new media technologies - without going into overkill - to give the impression what life was like under both regimes for the average Hungarian - an era of informers, propaganda and fear of being transported to the Siberian Gulag or a concentration camp. Favourite parts include a Soviet tank surrounded by the prison mug shots of various victims, the preserved offices of Gabor Peter - the director of Hungary's secret police, a maze built out of plastic blocks that look like tubs of butter which shows how the peasantry suffered, and a montage of branded Hungarian goods and magazines from the less oppressive sixties and seventies.