Category Archives: Communism

Stranger In A Strange Land


Our train pulled into the station in Chicago, where we were met by my father’s uncle. He had lived in America since the start of World War II, owned a store selling fur coats on the South Side of Chicago, … Continue reading

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Coming to America


I was not involved in the decision to come to the USA, and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the move. I had become accustomed to living with Monika’s family, my German was becoming more fluent each day, … Continue reading

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We Become Refugees


There is a very clear difference between a refugee and an immigrant. A refugee is one who leaves his country not willingly, as an immigrant does in seeking a different life, but out of absolute necessity in order save his … Continue reading

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Escaping Hungary – 1956


As the brief light of freedom rapidly dimmed on November 4, 1956, the possibility of attempting escape from Hungary crossed my parents mind, along with thousands of other Hungarians. My father, who by then had finished his training as an … Continue reading

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Hungary and the Revolution of 1956


Rakosi, the Communist leader in Hungary, was totally under Moscow’s control until, following Stalin’s death in 1953, a period of fluctuation set in. In July of 1953, he was deposed as Prime Minister in favor of Imre Nagy. Nagy was … Continue reading

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May Day – Life in Communist Hungary – 4


Today is May 1st. May Day is the biggest holiday celebrated in Communist countries, and Hungary was no exception. This was the day selected to commemorate the victory of the workers over their capitalist oppressors, and to dedicate ourselves to … Continue reading

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Life in Communist Hungary – 3


Memory is physical. At least for me, the feel of certain materials, the appearance of roll top wooden boxes used to store pencils, the taste of food I favored in my youth, the sight of iconic buildings like the House … Continue reading

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Life in Communist Hungary – 2


Having been under someone else’s dominion for almost five hundred years, Hungarians have developed a degree of resourcefulness and resiliency to a degree rarely found in other people. Lacking any natural borders to resist foreign invasion, divided by internal social … Continue reading

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Life in Communist Hungary – 1


Since I came to the States, I’ve had a number of Americans ask me, “What was it like living in a Communist country?” I tried to answer their question the best I could, but almost invariably I was left with … Continue reading

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Lies I’ve Been Told


St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th in Hungary, as well as in many parts of Europe. The progenitor of our American Santa Claus tradition, his birthday is the occasion for young children to receive small gifts, separate from … Continue reading

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