|About the Book|
On the 50th anniversary of the bloody uprising in Hungary, this book is dedicated to the memories of the thousands of people who fought and died in Hungary fighting against the Soviet Regime and the AVO. Also, to the innumerable volunteers from Red Cross and other agencies, city and state administrators, who processed refugees, private citizens, who opened their homes and everyone else who made it possible for the refugees to leave the tyranny. And lastly to the refugees themselves, over 250.000, who were brave enough to leave behind what was familiar, to start new lives in the unknown. This story provides a glimpse of what it was like to live under Soviet rule, and circumstances that led to the revolution in Hungary. The revolts by students and workers, first in Budapest, and then throughout Hungary, forced the Soviets and the AVO to take brutal action. Many citizens continued the fight, however many chose to leave Hungary. Two young men seized the opportunity to do just that. This story is also about their escape from Hungary and crossing into Austria, waiting for transportation to Germany, and finally crossing the Atlantic to arrive in the United States.