Andras Hegedus was Peter’s grandfather. He was the Communist leader of Hungary at the time of the popular up-rising against the Soviet-influenced government. He became his country’s leader with aspirations for a more just Hungary but in 1956, at the age of 33, he signed the party document that legitimised the Soviet invasion to put down the Hungarian Revolution. Over 2,500 Hungarians and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the conflict, and 200,000 Hungarians fled as refugees. Andras spent two years in exile in Moscow before he could return home to Hungary. He was one of the few leaders in Europe who later critically evaluated his actions and his impact as leader of Hungary. As a result he turned against his own faction and due to his dissenting views was expelled from the Communist Party in 1973. He became an opposition figure, contributing to the political transition that took place in Hungary in 1989.