Hungarian civilian in Budapest, Hungary during Hungarian Uprising, 1956; escaped to Austria, 1/1957
REEL 1 Background in Kunagota and Budapest, 1936-1956: family; education; occupation of Kunagota by Russian Army, ca 11/1944; employment as engineering worker in Budapest; father's loss of land to collective farm; presence of secret police; reasons why he did not engage in opposition to government; listening to Voice of America, mid 1950s. Recollections of Hungarian Uprising, 1956: start of uprising, 10/1956; visit to street outside secret police headquarters to see shot secret policemen; living conditions in Budapest, 10/1956-11/1956; fighting when Russians invaded, 11/1956; arms taken by insurgents from police station, 10/1956.
REEL 2 Continues: question of temptation to join insurgents; fighting near family home; attitude to return of Russians, 11/1956; decision to leave Hungary. Aspects of escape from Hungary to Austria, 1/1957: crossing into Austria; reception in Austria; recruitment by British National Coal Board. Aspects of emigration to GB, 1957: arrival in GB; learning English in Skegness; reasons for not going into coal mining; reaction to life in GB.
Submarines played a key role in operations throughout the Cold War. Commodore Frederic Thompson, kept himself and his crewmates entertained, by creating ‘radio’ programmes, which were then broadcast over the submarine’s internal speakers.