On this May Day, the irregularly-awarded Henderson Prize is awarded to individuals and organizations that contributed to the downfall of Communism in Hungary
. A separate entry is given to Miklós Németh
, for his role in the reform movement in his own country, and for his decision as Hungary's last undemocratically-appointed Prime Minister to allow East Germans to pass through Hungary to flee to the West.
János Kádár holds the distinction of being the first (and so far only) recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize to win this award. Ironically, he opposed the ultimate goals of the reformists, but he created the political climate that made democratization go more smoothly and more rapidly in Hungary than in other Warsaw Pact nations. He is probably spinning in his grave at this moment.
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