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The 1956 Hungarian Revolution
My recollection of the days leading to and the 1956
Hungarian Revolution, my escape and a brief account
of my life in my new home was published on the Internet
in parts since around 2000.
Over this period I have received many correspondences,
all in praise of the writings and my experiences.
I published a few of them on the Internet with the writers'
consent and they follow below.
From Stephen Hetzel
Houston Texas USA
22 February 2002
This is a great and informative site.
I am doing a massive research project on the Hungarian
Revolution and hope to make it to a national competition.
This topic is not exposed to us American students in
detail, but my documentary is very informative to let
students know of what normal people (not just soldiers)
These people were mainly my age and I find that hard
to imagine myself doing the things I've read about.
Thanks for the informative site!
Thanks Steve, very nice to know, that there are some
interested sympathisers, especially young fellows like
you, who have only learnt about it as history.
I received some very interesting emails from Ben
Ellickson of Chicago:
I was reading your story and it is one I have heard
before. My name is Ben Ellickson I am the son of Audi
Koberi a lovely lady who as teen fled Budapest. I have
just ordered for her an excellent tape from the history
channel it is called "Caught on film" it contains
an astounding amount of footage of the revolution. My
hope is take my mother back to Budapest some day soon
thank you for sharing your story. Ben
and the other
I have sent you an email about the history channel show
on the revolution not realising you were in new Zealand.
I do not know if you even get the history channel there.
I am in a city you visited "Chicago" and I
just got off of the phone with my mother. She told
me many similar stories about her escape from Hungary.
Like you she was detained by the ÁVÓ and
had to escape a second time bartering jewellery and
such in order to secure the advice of smugglers. She
would love to correspond. I am half Magyar the other
half of my genes from my father date back to the earliest
history of the United States. I am impressed by what
I have read, it gives me a much better taste for what
my mother went through. She went from Austria to the
United States and made her home in LA where she worked
briefly for Walt Disney. To her luck her entire family
managed to escape but not all at the same time. If you
ever travel through Chicago again please do email us
so you can meet my mother. Here is the link to the tape
containing footage of the revolution AandE.com Store
- Product Detail PS I so envy all your travels.
.... I also want you to know my mother was glued to
your web page she was not surprised to read about Aniko's
mother standing on the ledge threatening to jump, she
calls it the famous over dramatic Hungarian mother.
She was also very emotional when reading about the Russians
jumping up from behind the bushes the same had happened
with her. My hope is to bring her back to Buda Pest
but this all depends on her eye condition as cabin pressure
can bring about glaucoma complications. I again must
ad if you and your family trek through the States again
I would be happy to have you get in touch with us, it
is always best to have a native as a tour guide and
in Chicago with a proper tour guide you can visit many
countries without ever leaving the city. Audi Ellickson
(Koberi) in the time of the revolution. I found your
page almost by accident. I am a history buff and my
eyes began to hurt reading about General Sherman's march
through Atlanta so I typed "Hungarian revolution"
and your page came up and it was by far the most in
depth. I included another link I found that day I am
writing the man in the story to see if he can scan the
picture mentioned in it here is the link God bless and
thank you for taking the time to tell your story.
Thank you very much Ben.
Please pass on my heartfelt greeting to your mum, Audi.
My grateful thanks to both of you for the very interesting
"Hang in there" my good friends.
God Bless You All
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