Budapest Exit

Budapest Exit : A Memoir of Fascism, Communism, and Freedom

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Faced with fascism, communism, and the 1956 Revolution, Csaba Teglas responded with ingenuity and hope. In "Budapest Exit", he tells the story of his twenty-year quest for freedom. Teglas rummaged the scrap heap of World War II for anything he could sell to get food money for his family. The income from selling bits of rubber and ball bearings was often the family's only sustenance. Teglas and his family and friends lived in constant fear; some were even subjected to communist jails and torture chambers. Teglas protested, sometimes quietly, sometimes more vocally, against the Soviet and communist presence in Hungary. During the 1956 revolution, he became more involved in the opposition. When it became clear that the revolutionaries would not succeed, he knew he had to leave. Teglas recounts his dramatic escape through the heavily guarded Iron Curtain and his subsequent journey to North America, where life as an immigrant presented new challenges. This memoir is Csaba Teglas' personal story of his youth, told from the point of view of a man with sons of his own. He found in America the freedom for which he had been searching, but he has raised his American sons to remain proud of their Hungarian heritage.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 31 b&w illustrations, 15 line drawings
  • 1585446408
  • 9781585446407
  • 1,244,463

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"Csaba Teglas's fascinating and affecting autobiographical text is . . . a testimony to man's irrepressible yearning for freedom. With tender perception and verve, Teglas penetrates with sharp glimpses into the world of Gyorgy Konrad and Milan Kundera, the cursed Central European fate. . . . Among the numerous memoirs and reminiscences penned by Hungarian-Americans, Teglas's account stands out as the most sincere, credible, and least pretentious text."--Clara Gyorgyey, President, Writers in Exile Center of International PENshow more

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Faced with the Nazi invasion of Hungary during World War II, the Soviet occupation following the Allied victory, and finally with the opportunity to escape the oppressive regime during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Csaba Teglas responded with ingenuity and hope. In Budapest Exit: A Memoir of Fascism, Communism, and Freedom he tells the story of his twenty-year quest for freedom. During the war, the dramatic changes that had taken place in his country intensified with the invasion of the Nazis. After the terrifying siege of Budapest the Nazis' defeat should have led to freedom, but for Hungary it meant the brutal occupation by the Soviets. Life in Budapest was difficult, but Teglas rose to meet the challenges presented to him. Teglas protested, sometimes quietly, sometimes more vocally, against the Soviet and communist presence in Hungary. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Teglas became more involved in the opposition to the communists. When it became dear that the revolutionaries were not going to succeed, he knew he had to leave. Teglas recounts his dramatic escape through the heavily guarded Iron Curtain and his subsequent journey to North America, where life as an immigrant presented new challenges.show more

About Csaba Teglas

CSABA TEGLAS is a retired city planning consultant. He has lived in White Plains, New York, with his Scottish-born wife, Rowena, since 1967.show more

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