By Bela G. Liptak
This examine peels away a long time of intervening background to supply a firsthand examine the short, doomed fight of Hungarian freedom opponents 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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There was a telephone in the room, so I called Ágnes. It was Ágnes’s half-sister, Judit, who answered my call. “No, she will not speak to you! No, I know she will not! She locked herself in her room and has been crying all evening. ” I stammered something about the meeting, about protecting the microphone and copying the demands. But as I listened to myself, it all sounded so stupid, made no sense at all. I felt terrible. I begged Judit to explain to Ágnes, I tried to convince her that this meeting today had been something special, but it was no use.
Aptyi’s eyes were wet. 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 told her that I was penniless and wanted to get my November scholarship early. ” I pleaded, “Yes, but Ágnes and I would like to see this movie, The Women of Selistye. It’s an Italian movie. ” “I know that The Women of Selistye is an Italian movie,” she said, seeming to imply that not all party secretaries were complete morons. I did not debate the point, just continued pleading. “You know, Ágnes is only ﬁfteen, though she is going to be sixteen next month. For her, seeing this movie is very important.
A Testament of Revolution by Bela G. Liptak