Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - History - 469 pages

Will to Freedom is an eyewitness account of the social and political upheaval that shook Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. As an underground resistance fighter, political prisoner, fugitive, and Communist Party official, Egon Balas charts his journey from idealistic young Communist to disenchanted dissident.

Attracted by its anti-Nazi stance, Balas joined the Hungarian Communist Party in 1942, after Hungary had entered the war on Hitler's side. He helped organize work stoppages and distributed antiwar leaflets. In his memoir, he offers a compelling account first of his eventual imprisonment and ordeal under torture and then of his escape and life in hiding.

 

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Contents

Childhood and Adolescence
3
The Cause
31
In Hiding
65
Under Arrest
89
Escape and Liberation
121
Postwar Cluj
157
The London Legation
186
From Top to Bottom
214
The Aftermath
304
part three January 1955July 1966
325
Reform Communist
327
Heresy and Expulsion
348
From Economics to Mathematics
372
WouldBe Emigrant
397
Exodus
424
Epilogue
443

The Malmezon I
247
The Malmezon II
274

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About the author (2000)

Balas, a renowned mathematician, has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University since 1967.

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