By Bela G. Liptak
This learn peels away many years of intervening heritage to supply a firsthand examine the short, doomed fight of Hungarian freedom combatants opposed to Russian oppressors. Written in 1956 in an Austrian refugee camp, the memoir information the occasions of the clash and the author's personal adventure.
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Iván had both the guts and the shrewdness to get the demands printed by next morning. Then we went to our rector, Tibor Cholnoky, and asked his permission to reproduce the fourteen demands using the stencil duplicators of the university. He refused. 3 We did not know what to do. The demands and the announcement of tomorrow’s demonstration had to be duplicated, but how would we do it? At that point a young blonde assistant professor of chemistry said, “Listen, I can show you where the stencil room is, and if you force the door open I can teach you how to operate it.
He arrived on his motorbike with the little blonde athlete Marika on the back seat. 3 At the radio station, the ÁVH had been reinforced, and the station’s director, Valéria Benke, was holding our delegation captive. The situation was very tense there. Trucks were arriving, bringing workers from Csepel to the radio station. They were in a ﬁghting mood. We held a brief meeting. Some suggested that we go to the radio station; others wanted to help topple Stalin’s statue. Gyuri Egry said, “We should do something that others are not doing.
We had obtained an immense national ﬂag, which was to be carried by the six-foot, eight-inch Laci Gabányi, a member of the national basketball team. Because gate two was the closest to Saint Gellért Square, our class was to lead the march. 6 In short, we were ready and waiting, waiting, waiting. There must have been ten—maybe even ﬁfteen—thousand people assembled on the university grounds. Several trench-coated ﬁgures had also appeared just outside the gates but did not enter. These people were taking photographs and were making periodic phone calls on the public phone at the street corner, reporting what they observed.
A Testament of Revolution by Bela G. Liptak