AVH men (Hungarian Security Police) captured and about to be shot by Freedom Fighters.
Czechoslavakian-born and self-taught LIFE magazine photographer John Sadovy (1925-2011) duped Communist border guards by disguising himself as an ice-cream salesman to infiltrate and cover what authorities had thought was a simple student protest. He had served as a company photographer with the British Army during WWII and later said these were the quickest killings he has ever seen. There was "nothing to compare with the horror of this..." He wrote in LIFE Magazine alongside his pictures, " I could see the impact of the bullets on a man's clothes." This is one of the iconic images from his Robert Capa Award series that ran in LIFE November 12, 1956.
LIFE Magazine stamp on verso. Used in Time Life Books, Hungary, pp. 36-37.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1956 Print Date 1956
Dimensions 8-5/8 x 13 in. (219 x 330 mm)
Photo Country Hungary
Photographer Country Czech Republic
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