The Legend of the Burning-out of the Hospital in the Rock

World War II was one of the most devastating events in the twentieth century, with the goal of not only occupying a country or territory, but in many cases also completely annihilating certain cultures.

The systematic destructive campaigns of the Axis powers – Germany, Japan or even Hungary – are well known, but of course the soldiers living in constant danger could also carry out horrible atrocities on their own. These atrocities could happen on all sides, the long war could grind anyone’s nerves or bring out deviant behavior. Soldiers of the Soviet Red Army were notorious for their indiscipline and atrocities against the inhabitants of the occupied countries. But how much of all this is actually true?

Reinforced air-raid shelter in the cave system of Buda Castle Hill, int he 1940’s.

Ward No. 1 of the Hospital in the Rock, during the opening ceremony in 1944.

Friedrich Born, the delegate of the International Red Cross in Hungary during the II. World War. Whit his presence, he protected the neutrality of the Hospital in the Rock.

Soviet soldier with a flamethrower during the end of the II. World War.

Part of an official document detailing the July 1. closing of the Hospital in the Rock and that it is still unharmed.