Category Archives: Hungary

War Stories From County – Chapter 6


As I mentioned in a prior post, my attending on the medicine service was an infectious disease specialist by training, and he persuaded me to select the infectious disease service as one of my electives. It was one of those … Continue reading

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Cars


The only people who owned cars in Hungary during my lifetime there were Communist Party members, government officials, some member of the military, as well as the secret police. Budapest had (and still has) an excellent network of trams, buses, … Continue reading

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Sunday in the Park With George


In the world in which I grew up, children were included in all family social activities. This meant that every Sunday and family holidays were spent together with my parents and grandmother, along with my mom’s friends. My dad had … Continue reading

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Memories of My Grandfather


My mother’s father was a person of mythic proportions in my life. He was the only grandfather I knew, as my father’s parents had been killed in the war. By the time I was born, he and my grandmother were … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day


Today is Mother’s Day, a day we have set aside to pay special honor to all the mothers who made our lives possible. I recently posted a stories about my own mother, under the titles “Ladybug”, “Reunion”, and “Life Under … Continue reading

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My Grandmother


My grandmother played an important role in my life, as she lived with us from the time I was two until she died when I was in college. The only time I was separated from her was during the period … Continue reading

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Reunion


After Russian armored units effectively crushed the Hungarian Revolution in November 1956, it didn’t take very long for the Iron Curtain to once again come crashing down around the country. If anything, security measures were enhanced to deter anyone from … Continue reading

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Life with my Cousin


I wasn’t an orphan, but sometimes I felt like one. I missed my mother and grandmother tremendously, and wrote long letters to them. About once a month, I would get a letter back, though by allusions to events I had … Continue reading

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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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