Red Star, Blue Star: The Lives and Times of Jewish Students in Communist Hungary (1948-1956)
Andrew Handler, Susan V. Meschel
East European Monographs, 1997 - History - 224 pages
During the darkest years of Stalinist Communism in Hungary, the contributors to this book managed to preserve freedom of speech and action, as well as their Jewish self-awareness. In the Introduction, the editors trace the evolution of Communism in post-war Hungary. They identify the distinctive features of the Jewish community and describe the relationship of the Communist authorities and the Jewish leadership, and pinpoint the difficulties of Jewish students in all walks of life. Part Two contains the recollections of seventeen men and women, all survivors of the Holocaust, who faced the threat of Communism with courage, resolve, and ingenuity, and who fought individual battles to retain their social and religious identities.
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