Hungarian civilian child in Pecs, Hungary, 1944-1945; medical student during Hungarian Uprising in Pecs, Hungary, 1956; escaped to Austria and GB, 1957
REEL 1 Background in Pecs, 1936-1944: family; education. Aspects of period as civilian living in Pecs, 1944-1945: bombing of Pecs, c1944; impressions of Russian soldiers encountered; amusing story of Russian soldier's loss of fish down flush toilet; his brother's experiences as POW of western Allies; fate of Hungarian who were POWs of Russians. Recollections of period as civilian living in Hungary, 1945-1956: character of free elections, 1945; change after Communists took over, 1949; reasons for brother's imprisonment; effect on brother of his prison term; sacking of father from his job and types of work he had to take; question of how positive discrimination operated against intellectuals obtaining higher education.
REEL 2 Continues: becoming medical student at Pecs University, 1954. Recollections of period as medical student at Pecs University during Hungarian Uprising, 1956: expulsion of selected students, spring 1956; his appearance before 'kangaroo court'; failure to expel him but change in social status; finding of secret documents on his case, 10/1956-11/1956; question of pressure on individual to collaborate with regime; membership of armed militia; arrest of police and AVO chiefs c10/1956; hunt for him after failure of uprising; factors on which he decided to escape from Hungary, 12/1956.
REEL 3 Continues: Recollections of escape from Hungary to Austria, 1/1957: character of his escape plan; reasons for choice of Austria rather than Yugoslavia as destination; problems of obtaining excuses to travel to frontier zone; trek towards Austrian frontier; crossing into Austria with help of Hungarian villagers; reception of refugees in Austria. Aspects of settling in GB after 1957: emigrating to GB via National Coal Board recruiting organisation; attempts to resume medical studies. REEL 4 Continues: obtaining place at Keble College, Oxford University; medical career as general practitioner in GB. Recollections of period as civilian in Hungary, 1948-1956: collection of food for Budapest during uprising, 11/1956; his attitude to politics, 1950s; standard of living; wide-ranging nationalisation; character of voting system; western broadcasts he listened to; penalty for listening to western broadcasts; question of western intervention, 1956; sources of support for uprising, 11/1956; presence of Russian troops in Pecs, 11/1956.