Budapest Through the Centuries: The Communist Era The Soviet Army rolled into the city in 1944, and after a final two month siege, rid the city of the Germans. People were hopeful as, at first, the rollout of Communism was slow in the country and the Soviet powers even allowed a free election in 1945, but then failed to honor the results when the Communist Party didn’t win them. From here was a downhill spiral until 1949 when the country…