A Testament of Revolution by Bela G. Liptak

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 opponents opposed to Russian oppressors. Written in 1956 in an Austrian refugee camp, the memoir info the occasions of the clash and the author's personal event.

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A tormented and humiliated nation was stirring in front of my eyes. People were straightening their backs. They were regaining their self-respect. Some did it boldly; others secretively. It was a good, a proud, feeling to be Hungarian that day. As we marched through the square, an ocean of people followed. And from across the Danube, at the Petofi statue on the Pest side, the students saw us and also started to march. They, too, marched silently. The effect of all these people marching was overpowering.

M. that we saw some 42 A Testament of Revolution commotion on the roof of the machine laboratory building. We saw the tall figure of Jancsi Danner with a short, dark-haired police officer. The officer grabbed the bullhorn and said: “I am Sándor Kopácsi, the police chief of Budapest. 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.

It was my normal state. I had been hungry since the day of “liberation,” as the Communists called the end of World War II, or since the day of the “collapse,” as the Nazis called it. (For the average Hungarian it was neither. ) At any rate, the sandwich Memi prepared for me that morning was only a memory by now. As I searched my pockets for crumbs, I found my -forint stipend, so I vowed to get something at the very first food stand I came across. That turned out to be a long wait. The minutes dragged on.

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