In the Whirlwind of History: Struggle on and Keep the Faith

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iUniverse, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages
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Tibor Vajda, a 20-year-old Jew escaped from a forced labor camp in October 1944 and joined a resistance group in Budapest. They fought the fascist Arrowcross bandits and freed Jewish men from the ghetto.

Vajda's mother and younger brother Laszlo were hiding at a Christian business. They survived mass killings on the streets and on the banks of the Danube, but lost family members in the chaos.

When Eva and Tibor got married, they felt they could not live among people who supported murdering Jews. They joined a Zionist group planning to follow them to Palestine.

Tibor's father was seen alive but sick on the Austrian border. Before he could leave to find him, eye-witnesses arrived who saw German SS soldiers kill him. Eva got pregnant and Tibor's mother became sick. They got stuck in Hungary. After the war, public anti-Semitism became louder in Hungary. Remnants of the fascist German and Hungarian armies under the patronage of western armies planned to start third world war against the Soviets.

Holocaust survivors feared a new fascist takeover. Some young Jewish men joined the political police. Tibor Vajda's decision proved to be fatal. Fugitive of the fascists soon became the victim of the communists.

 

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Contents

Captured by the Soviets
7
The first rape cases
10
Magyarszky benzine
14
Never a dull moment
17
Moving to Furesz Street
20
Hunting for food
22
The push for the city
24
Desperate for food
27
Chaos in Budapest Contacting UNNRA
103
Receiving bad news
110
Making new plans
113
Stuck in Hungary
120
Our son was born
123
The Vienna adventure
125
The Free Dental Organisation
129
The Sixth District Communist Party
132

Liberation of the ghetto
29
The death of Bandi
32
Robbing the Jewish survivors
36
Moving from Zuglo
40
Joining Slovakian Zionists
45
AntiSemitism returns
49
To go or to stay?
53
The situation in Budapest
57
Trip to Szeged
59
Facing death in the ditch
64
Zionist commune at Szeged
70
MyZionist education
76
My Jewish education
79
Returning to Budapest for Eva
84
Leaving Budapest for Szeged Strange honeymoon
88
At Szeged with Eva
93
Mypolitical experience
96
News about my father Return to Budapest
100
May Day march
134
Security nonexistent
137
Love thy neighbor
141
AntiSemitism flares up
145
War Criminal trials
150
AntiSemitism increasing Pogroms
152
People and their religions
158
Sad return of the loved ones
163
IXVI
166
Communist politics in the resistance
167
AntiSemitic pressure increasing
171
Call to arms against antiSemites
175
Antifascist partisans join the Police
178
Evas story
183
Motherhood
186
June 1944
189
GLOSSARY
217
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