By Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar
For a decade now, the authors were undertaking interviews for Hungary's Oral heritage records, with the youngsters of these Hungarians - nationwide heroes, as they're quite often visible at the present time - who have been imprisoned for his or her involvement within the 1956 revolution. The substantial physique of fabric that has been gathered, and is now on the disposal of sociologists, psychologists and others within the educational neighborhood, varieties the root of this quantity. it is a documentation of stories of the rebel and, extra rather, its aftermath. the almost spontaneous ten-day rebellion exerted a long-lasting impact at the fates of the households of the greater than 20,000 who have been imprisoned and 229 carried out 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 monetary devastation that it wrought, bore particularly difficult at the psyches, upbringing and schooling, and for this reason the next possibilities and lifestyles classes of the kids who grew up inside these households. the cloth is grouped by way of subject matter: e.g. the results on conversation inside of households, alterations in social prestige, how relations and associates reacted, and what varieties of difficulties those youngsters encountered in pursuing their experiences, in attempting to assimilate into society as adults, and in when it comes to these fathers who did go back. In an appendix, the editors current certain biographies of the folk so much at once affected, delivering 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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KATALIN KÓSA) A new world 33 We came across no official directives with respect to farewell letters. These were probably either rejected or permitted and forwarded to relatives on the basis of individual judgements. Some received a moving last message through the official channels, while others found messages hidden among the clothes of the executed. Several of the mothers could not bring themselves to show these to their children and in some families the long-hidden letters were eventually lost.
GYÖRGY FENYÔFALVI) Visiting time was a rare and important occasion to meet in person. While getting ready and travelling to the prison the family would talk about the father. The majority of mothers had no compunctions about taking their children with them, while for others the decision to do so was only taken after much deliberation. While we have no information about such hesitation, we know the explanations for some of the decisions that were made. Those who did not want their children to see their fathers while in detention or prison argued that it would be too distressing for the children.
They came and told us they would take everything. They made a list of every item in the flat and took even the ladles and the scissors. Everything that could be moved was taken. We were assigned another flat that was no bigger than a hole. The one room was three metres by three metres. There was a small kitchen and a tiny larder that was only big enough to take my grandfather’s bed. Five of us lived there. ” (MÁRIA BALI) “When my father was executed in 1957 we were banned from the whole of Budapest.
Carrying a Secret in My Heart...: Children of Political Victims of the Revolution, 1956 Hungary -- An Oral History by Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar