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By Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar

For a decade now, the authors were accomplishing interviews for Hungary's Oral heritage documents, with the kids of these Hungarians - nationwide heroes, as they're regularly obvious at the present time - who have been imprisoned for his or her involvement within the 1956 revolution. The titanic physique of fabric that has been gathered, and is now on the disposal of sociologists, psychologists and others within the educational group, varieties the foundation of this quantity. this can be a documentation of stories of the insurrection and, extra really, its aftermath. the almost spontaneous ten-day rebellion exerted an enduring impression at the fates of the households of the greater than 20,000 who have been imprisoned and 229 carried out via 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 financial devastation that it wrought, bore in particular demanding at the psyches, upbringing and schooling, and therefore the following possibilities and existence classes of the kids who grew up inside these households. the fabric is grouped by way of subject matter: e.g. the results on conversation inside households, adjustments in social prestige, how family members and associates reacted, and what kinds of difficulties those youngsters encountered in pursuing their reviews, in attempting to assimilate into society as adults, and in with regards to these fathers who did go back. In an appendix, the editors current distinct biographies of the folks so much without delay affected, delivering an remarkable glimpse into the fates of these they interviewed. The documentation comprises letters that the youngsters wrote to their imprisoned fathers.

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This meant not only a deterioration in their standard of living but the loss of the family home. “Life became extremely difficult. For a year my mother had no idea where my father was. Then came the notice to quit. 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.

If I imagine myself in their situation the question must obviously have been something like ‘Who will hold 48 Communication within the family out the longest? ’. Another recurring theme was the financial situation of the families, the extent to which the women were able to hold the family together while their husbands were in prison. I understood that what was important was how long the families could maintain their unity. Families who were able to endure this time would survive through their children, while those who gave in and fell apart would be allowing them to win.

In their fantasies, understandably, the prison became a terrible and frightening place. “We had a family album and I took out photos of him and always kept them on my desk or on the table where I studied. ” (MAGDOLNA FÖLDVÁRI) Mothers who decided to take their children with them considered it important for the child to see his or her father despite the difficulties inherent in such an encounter. An important motive in such decisions was that wives wanted to reassure their husbands that the family was still together and that the children were healthy.

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