By Bela G. Liptak
This examine peels away many years of intervening background to supply a firsthand examine the short, doomed fight of Hungarian freedom warring parties 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 event.
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It was unthinkable to miss his class. M. He started exactly at :, so I ran as fast as I could. A friend, Laci Zsindely, had kept a chair for me in one of the upper rows of the KA- lecture hall, which was ﬁlled to capacity with about three hundred students. I slumped down beside Laci, whom I knew from high school. He was a broad-shouldered fellow, always well dressed. He did not know it, but he was responsible for my selecting naval architecture as my major. I selected it because I wanted to be with Laci.
He knew. ” Next I handed over the stenciled copies of our announcements to Péter. ” I was convinced that our ideals were stronger than their divisions, and I also believed that occupied colonies must eventually liberate themselves. There was no question in my mind that societies built on lies will and must self-destruct. I also quoted President Eisenhower, who, when he proclaimed the policy of self-liberation, said that only those who sacriﬁce for freedom and liberty deserve it. ” I asked. Péter only scoﬀed, “Sure.
I bring you good news. ” He tried to say something else, but our cheering drowned him out. When our shouts ﬁnally subsided, Colonel Marián took the loudspeaker. “Our silent solidarity march will start at gate number two. We will march north, up to General Bem’s Square on the west bank of the Danube. There we will take part in a commemoration of PolishHungarian friendship directed by the Writers’ Union. ” Laci Gabányi raised the enormous national ﬂag. Gate two opened, and, arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder, we burst out onto Saint Gellért’s Square.
A Testament of Revolution by Bela G. Liptak