By Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar
For a decade now, the authors were carrying out interviews for Hungary's Oral historical past information, with the kids of these Hungarians - nationwide heroes, as they're typically noticeable at the present time - who have been imprisoned for his or her involvement within the 1956 revolution. The gigantic physique of fabric that has been accrued, and is now on the disposal of sociologists, psychologists and others within the educational neighborhood, kinds the root of this quantity. it is a documentation of stories of the rebel and, extra really, its aftermath. the almost spontaneous ten-day rebellion exerted an enduring impact at the fates of the households of the greater than 20,000 who have been imprisoned and 229 finished by means of the regime within the harsh reprisals that the crushing of the revolution (the final of them as past due because the early 1960s), with energetic police surveillance prolonged to tens of hundreds of thousands extra. This intimidation, and the attendant social and fiscal devastation that it wrought, bore specifically demanding at the psyches, upbringing and schooling, and accordingly the following possibilities and existence classes of the kids who grew up inside of these households. the cloth is grouped through topic: e.g. the results on verbal exchange inside households, adjustments in social prestige, how kinfolk and pals reacted, and what different types of difficulties those youngsters encountered in pursuing their stories, in attempting to assimilate into society as adults, and in with regards to these fathers who did go back. In an appendix, the editors current specific biographies of the folk so much at once affected, providing an remarkable glimpse into the fates of these they interviewed. The documentation contains letters that the youngsters wrote to their imprisoned fathers.
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Later, if particular friends arrived I had to repeat the lines to them. ” (MARGIT BRUSZNYAI) 32 A new world “They were closed trials, two of them, and during a break in one of them we were able to go into the room. They were sitting in the front row. We could talk for about half or three-quarters of an hour. He talked mainly to my mum and we children sat around him. He said that since I was the oldest I was to help my mum and try to help the little ones because they were weak and needed looking after.
The only image I have retained is of several men in striped [prisoners’] clothes standing behind bars. We talked to one of them, my father. ” (KRISZTINA LUKÁCH) Sometimes mothers visited the prison on their own, or on each occasion a different member of the family accompanied them. Occasionally, older children visited their fathers on their own. A common motif among the interviewees’ recollections is the excitement that preceded the visit and the apprehension felt while they waited to see their fathers.
The job she did is now automated but back then the wet wool had to be placed in the machine and removed by hand. It was extremely hard work. She had to stand in water the whole time wearing rubber boots. The men were unwilling to do such a job. But she had no choice because she had three children. ” (JÓZSEF ANDI) “My mother went out to work as a cleaner but the party secretary had her dismissed even from this job. Then she went to Budapest to work for a chemicals company. ” (KÁROLY SZABÓ) “She was given work in a day-care centre, in the kitchens.
Carrying a Secret in My Heart...: Children of Political Victims of the Revolution, 1956 Hungary -- An Oral History by Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar