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Commemoration

Katalin Novák’s speech on the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Honorable Commemorators!

My late uncle, István Rásonyi-Papp, was studying to become an architect. He was an enthusiastic, idealist, freedom-loving young man full of plans. In 1950, for ‘subversive behavior,’ he was arrested and taken to Recsk, a small town in northern Hungary, without any judicial proceeding or incriminating charges. There, István and his fellow laborers built the forced labor camp in a stone quarry where they were starved and tortured. The Recsk camp operated until the fall of 1953 when the prisoners, some 1500, mostly educated persons who were held in complete secrecy, were transferred to police custody or sentenced…

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November 20, 2017