Buried in the Files

The Hungarian historian István Rév has built an archive about communism and human rights. His own work explores the complexities of what lies there.

Ask István Rév a question, and his answer often reaches into the archives. His own, that is: the Open Society Archives at Central European University, in Budapest.

Mr. Rév is director of the archives, which he founded in 1995. He is also a professor of history and political science at the