What Happened to Mommiba and The Rest of the family after the escape?
If you have listened to the audiobook “The Eleventh Arrow”, you know that Mommiba had to stay behind.
In the following years, the communists were extremely hard on her because they knew her daughter and family had escaped the country. The Russians constantly watched her and made her life a living hell. As the years passed the government began to lose interest in her, since they found out where her family had gone, by the letters that were sent to her. Later in her life, she met a really nice man and married him. They lived a life together the best they could. Mombia and her new husband lived in the city of Budapest, in a building with one small room, only a bed, a chair and dresser drawers. They shared the kitchen, which only consisted of a sink and a stove, with the next-door neighbor. The bathroom was outside, down the hall shared by many families. Mommiba told me she went to his grave every Sunday, to place one flower on his grave after he died.
Mommiba will not come to America
We tried to get Mommiba to come to America many times, but even if the government would have let her out, she was too afraid to fly.
After the escape, my parents ended up in a refugee camp in Yugoslavia for two winters. They wanted to go to Australia to my mother’s aunt. That was the plan, because my aunt did not have any children and she said she would love to sponsor us.
What happened to our uncle after the escape
After the first winter, my uncle said he did not care where he would go, but he could not stay at the refugee camp anymore. The building his family was placed in had no heat. The only heated buildings were the ones we stayed in, because I was a baby. Only families with babies were allowed heat. So, when the Red Cross of Australia came to get people from this refugee camp, my parents and my uncles family signed up to go. But, unfortunately for us, my father wore glasses and they only let in “perfect people.” So, we had to stay another winter in the refugee camp.
In the refugee camp
While in the camp there was not much food. They mostly gave us caned sardines which the children would not eat. We mainly lived on bread and water and glad we had that. So, after the snow turned to warm weather, my father escaped out of the refugee camp, went into town, sold my mother’s wedding ring and all of our winter clothes and shoes. With the money, he bought the first taste of oranges for the children and booze. Lots and lots of booze. My father didn’t’ drink, but everyone else in the camp did. He sold booze to anyone who wanted a drink. That was his first experience being an entrepreneur. By winter he was able to buy my mother a better gold band wedding ring and better warm clothing. My father was caught leaving the camp and when he returned, they took a lot of privileges away. But not for long.
We got a letter from my father’s mother, telling us that we had an uncle who lived in America and he would sponsor us, IF we could go there.
Getting out of the refugee camp
We waited through another winter until the American Red Cross finally came in Spring and flew us to Ellis Island, New York, USA and finally to Topeka Kansas, where we lived with my uncle for two weeks. He asked us to leave because his wife was dying at home. My uncle asked the city of Topeka to help his family, which they did. We were THEIR refugees. They gave us a house to live in, a job, and a car for my father drive, and by now, my mother gave birth to her fourth child. Until…
Why we moved from Kansas
There was a gigantic tornado that hit the area and my mother said, she did not come all this way to lose her family in a tornado. My father asked his company to transfer him to another state. That is how we got to Louisiana.
Not long after the move, we got a letter from one of my parent’s friends who were in the refugee camp. “Hey, what are you doing on the other side of the country?” said his friend Miki, who found out where we lived, through each other’s parents back in Hungary. They sent a few letters back and forth and the move was sealed. We are moving to California! My parents loaded up the 1948 Rambler car with their family and headed West.
West bound to California
We were doing fine until the car stopped in the middle of New Mexico. The roads back then were not traveled very much. You could drive for hours before you saw a car drive by. My father did not know what to do. He knew where he came from was extremely far away. Then he though perhaps there was some town closer to the way he was heading. He got out of the car and began walking for hours. A nice policeman found him walking and asked him what he was doing… With his very broken English he was able to tell the police his car had broken down. The police took him back to his car and saw four small children and a pregnant wife with her fifth child. The police asked what religion he was. My father could not understand him and just looked at him. He said, “Protestant?” but got no reaction because the word Protestant in Hungarian is Refurmatus. “Catholic?” He asked. “Oh, ya Katolikus,” my father answered.
Help from the police
So, the nice police took him to the nearest town and drove the family to the nearest Catholic church. The police told the priest what had happened and that this family needed help. The priest told the police that they didn’t belong to their parish and could not help. So, the police took the family to HIS church. The Mormon Church. The church welcomed the family in, gave money for the car to be fixed. A night in a motel, until the car was fixed and food in a restaurant. The Mormons also gave enough money to make it to California without worry. My parents never forgot the generosity of the Mormon people. When young Mormons would come to their door knocking, they would always tell them how much they appreciated what they had done for them.
That is how we moved to California and have been in California ever since.
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After the Hungarian Revolution~
Thousands of people were arrested, imprisoned and/or deported to Russian’s Siberia for their part in the revolution.
What most people do not know is that there were many children who were with their parent’s, underage, fighting next to their parents. When their parents were killed by the Russians those children were held in prisons along with other waiting to be executed. The Russians did not kill the children while they were underage, they waited until they turned of age and then killed them.
Refugee camps were set up by many of the surrounding countries. Many countries were sending their Red Cross to help process the homeless.
The Hungarians will never forget The Hungarian Revolution for freedom!
The reason the Eleventh Arrow was written was to remember the fallen freedom fighters and to tell the story about a courageous freedom fighting family who escaped communism with three very small children, with only the clothes on their backs going to the unknown.
My hope is… by listening to this audiobook “The Eleventh Arrow,” you will know what happens when your country looses it’s freedom to a socialistic/ communism regime such as Russia.
November 11, 1956 (Sunday) Day 1 after the Hungarian Revolution
Russians claim victory over Hungarian freedom fighters.
There are still a few freedom fighters in Budapest fighting. 5000 civilians are reported dead or wounded. Many buildings in the middle of Budapest are damaged or destroyed. Thousands of refugees are fleeing across the border to Austria with only the clothes on their backs, but they have already closed the borders. Some 200000 eventually escape to the West. Tens of thousands are jailed, killed or deported. Some 700 Soviet soldiers died in the uprising including some executed for refusing to fight.
Imre Nagy was not invited to the meeting on November 3, instead he was later returned to Budapest from his hiding place, secretly tired and then the Russians executed him by hanging.
Fighting against the Russians is continuing in some regions. However, no aid has arrived from the West and the Hungarians do not have the resources to fight off the Russians.
November 9, 1956 (Friday) Day 18 of the Hungarian Revolution
There is confusion as to why the Americans have not come to help us and we are left alone to fight Russian troupes. But the Hungarian freedom fighters have not stopped fighting.
November 8, 1956 (Thursday) Day 17 of the Hungarian Revolution
There is so much smoke and fire in the streets, we have no way to put them out. Everything in the city is shut down.
November 7, 1956 (Wednesday) Day 16 of the Hungarian Revolution
There is death in the streets. Bodies lay on every street corner. Our dear family is now gone. The Russians won’t stop the bloodshed.
Freedom fighters are fiercely fighting to save the country
Even when we destroy their tanks there are still more tanks coming at us.
November 5, 1956 (Monday) Day 14 of the Hungarian Revolution
Freedom fighters are fiercely fighting to save the country.
November 4, 1956 (Sunday) Day 13 of the Hungarian Revolution
An estimated 1000 tanks attack Budapest before dawn and after heavy fighting. Russian troops enter the city, crushing Hungarian people. Thousands of men women and children are killed and wounded and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians flee their country.
Nagy’s last appeal for help is broadcast at 5.15am. Less than three hours later Radio Hungary is silenced. The UN calls for Russian withdrawal.
The Americans lied to the Hungarian people about coming to help.
When the Russians saw that the Americans were not going to come, they came back with tanks and troops in full force to kill anyone who wanted freedom from a socialistic/ communist Russia.
Imre Nagy is seeking refuge in the Yugoslav embassy.
November 3, 1956 (Saturday) Day 12 of the Hungarian Revolution
The Russians invited the new Minister of Defence, Pal Maleter and a Hungarian delegation to Tokol train station to discuss a the Russian withdrawal.
After the members of the delegation arrive, the Russians kill and arrest everyone who is there. All of the people who are “invited” by the Russians to this meeting are never seen again.
The Russians are LIARS!!
November 2, 1956 (Friday) Day 11 of the Hungarian Revolution
Nagy announces the members names of the new government. The Russians are still telling Nagy that they are leaving.
November 1, 1956 (Thursday) Day 10 of the Hungarian Revolution
Imre Nagy formally declares Hungary has withdrawn from the Warsaw Pact and is a neutral country.
Nagy learns that Russian tanks and troops have crossed the Hungarian border and are advancing on Budapest.
We do not know why the Russians are doing this.
Imre Nagy releases many of the political prisoners that were held by the Russians, including Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty. Many of those he is releasing is leaving the country today. He also legalizes other political parties and calls for support of local revolutionary councils that have formed all through the country during the uprising.
The Hungarian National Guard lead a force that attacks the headquarters of the Communist Party in Republic Square and brutally executes and detains known or suspected Communists. The Russians are now prepared to negotiate for a peaceful solution.
October 31, 1956 (Wednesday) Day 8 of the Hungarian Revolution
Imre Nagy is announcing several reforms he proposes to introduce to a new democratic Hungary. He asks for support from the United Nations.
Meanwhile, the Russian leader changes his mind and decides to intervene in Hungary. After viewing a video footage of the violence in Republic Square and witnessing the loss of Communist control. He sees that the Americans are in fact, NOT coming to help Hungary.
October 29, 1956 (Monday) Day 7 of the Hungarian Revolution
Demonstrators take control of an iron and steel company among other state owned companies. All Hungarians are in support of taken back Hungary from the Russians.
October 28, 1956 (Sunday) Day 6 of the Hungarian Revolution
Prime Minister Imre Nagy broadcasts an immediate cease fire and declares that the government would establish democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, the Russians have agreed upon. We think we have won the revolution.
October 27, 1956 (Saturday) Day 5 of the Hungarian Revolution
The freedom fighters have not heard about any agreement and they continue to fight.
October 26, 1956 (Friday) Day 4 of the Hungarian Revolution
The new Prime Minister, Imre Nagy, is holding talks with the Russians, they have agreed that Russian tanks will leave Budapest. Nagy believes he has the support of the United States and their allies.
October 25, 1956 (Thursday) Day 3 of the Hungarian Revolution
Thousands of protesters continue to gather outside the Parliament building. The Secret Police fires shots into the peaceful crowd. Armed protesters fired back at them.
October 24, 1956 (Wednesday) Day 2 of the Hungarian Revolution
People are fighting for their lives. Hungary needs to win back their country. The Americans are still telling us that they are coming. We continue the fight as we wait for their help.
At 2 am Russian tanks entered in the capital city of Budapest.
12 pm Russian tanks and army forces are positioned all through Budapest. Armed protesters have set up barricades.
Imre Nagy the newly appointed Prime Minister of Hungary, makes a broadcast calling for the violence to stop, promising to initiate reforms with the Russians.
By this afternoon, the armed protesters take control of Budapest Radio building. Other protesters attempt to take control of the Communist newspaper but are fired upon.
In Russia, Khrushchev decided against military intervention in Hungary believing that the Americans will be helping the Hungarians.
The Hungarians are cutting out the Russian symbol from their national flag.
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This book was written in real time as it happened. One day you are suffering in the hands of the communists and the next day your world changes without thought.
The Hungarian Revolution began October 23rd, 1956. Listen to this audiobook as it takes you day by day. You will be hearing two different aspects of the revolution in real time.
is book based on a true store about a couple escaping the Russian communists during the 1956 Hungarian revolution with three very small children.
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Before The Revolution Started
October 1, 1956 (Monday)
Times are really tough with a socialistic government controlling us. The Russians control ever aspect of our life.
How much money we make. [If we have more than our neighbors, they take us to jail. If we don’t have a job, no problem THEY will give us one. If we don’t want to work or we can’t work, No problem they take us to jail and we are never seen again].
How much we are allowed to eat. [They ration our food].
Where we live. [They have allowed our family to live in a two room place owned by the Russians. Our mother sleeps in the kitchen and we sleep with our three children in the other room. To bathe the three children we use a large plastic bowl in the kitchen where it is warm and toasty. The bowl is called a lavor. Each child is bathed one by one with the same water. We don’t have running water, we use a well. We warm the water for the lavor on our wood burning stove where we cook our meals on. We also use the lavor to wash our clothes. We use an outhouse, as we do not have a toilet, no one in the country does].
What kind of job we are allowed to have, [after all, they are giving us free college. In college, they test us as to how they can use us. We can not decide for ourselves what we want to study, they choose our career for us. After college they take us from our city we grew up in, and bus us into another city called Gomba, to work in a communistic ammunition factory, no one gets to choose where they will live or work, it’s a socialistic country and we do as we are told].
They fund us in order to control everything we do. Everything is controlled by the government. The government take over all our businesses when they took over our country. We can only work for the government because the socialistic government controls us. If we say anything about the government we are hauled off to jail for the rest of our life, or shot on the spot. The soldiers wear rifles and are ready to shoot us at any moment. They took all of our guns so we can not fight back.
There is no more freedom of speech. One wrong move and our family will never see us again.
Since the socialist government controlled our news, they will only tell us what they want us to hear. We are never told the truth about how much more they will take from us and our life…
October 2, 1956 (Tuesday)
Life has changed since the second world war. Before Hitler forced us to join him, we lived a very normal life. One without war, without being being forcibly put on the front lines of the Russian boarder. Before Hitler’s war and before the United States and England gave us to the Russians, life was good. We were a strong people. After the war, England and USA decided to take our land away from us, giving our land to Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia. They left us with a tiny country to give to the Russians to torture and persecute us. Somehow we had to survive.
During this time Russians rewarded people to report their neighbors to authorities. If we hear someone is saying anything against socialism, report them. If you didn’t report them, they could come after us for not telling. Most of us stay to ourselves never talking to our neighbors in case they are informants. This would have never happen if the Russians are not in our country.
October 3, 1956 (Wednesday)
Political repression takes hold of our country. Not long ago, the socialist Security Police called the AVH begin purges, first within the Communist Party to end opposition and to take away all voice of the Hungarian people. At least 7,000 people—were purged. After dividing up the class of people. The socialists and communist merged with the Democratic party to become the Working People’s Party. That’s when the the People’s Republic of Hungary was declared.
In a single year, more than 26,000 people are forcibly relocated from large cities. As a result, jobs and housing are very difficult to obtain because of the communistic social party that is now called the Working People’s Party. They change the names but they still didn’t change the control.
October 4, 1956 (Thursday)
Hungary was forced to agree to pay war reparations approximating $300 million American dollars to the Soviet Union, to support Soviet repression. Hungarian currency experienced a huge depreciation, resulting in the highest historical rates of hyperinflation ever known. Because Hungary was forced to participate in the Soviet-sponsored (Council of Mutual Economic Assistance), we were prevented from trading with the West or receiving any kind of aid. We were left to the mercy of the Russians, [who showed no mercy].
October 5, 1956 (Friday)
Since the Russians want to raise industrial output by 380%, thus crippling the effects of exportation of most of Hungary’s raw resources and technology, sending it to the Soviet Union. This plan weakens Hungary’s existing industrial structure and causes real industrial wages to fall by 18% of it’s already low wages. Even though national income per capita rose, our standard of living dramatically fall, and because of Russia’s mismanagement, this created chronic shortages in basic foods resulting in our rationing of flour, sugar, bread, and meat. People have to stand in lines at the bakery, the meat shops and the regular small stores for flour and sugar.
And then came the further reduced personal income. This fuels discontent as the Russian debt grows and the population experiences shortages of goods and money.
October 6, 1956 (Saturday)
On 5 March 1953, Joseph Stalin died, his death triggered a power struggle in which Nikita Khrushchev became leader. In July of 1956 students, writers, and journalists become more active and critical in politics. Things are beginning to brew within the communist’s hold on the Eastern Bloc countries and the The United States hopes to encourage these Soviet held countries to break away.
On this date, Laszlo Rajk, who had been executed by the Hungarian Rákosi government, is reburied in a moving ceremony that strengthens our party opposition.
October 7, 1956 (Sunday)
College students have weekly games of bridge or other entertainment these are some of the influencers of our political movement.
October 8, 1956 (Monday)
After being raised in Pecs, a big city down in the southern region of Hungary, communist Russia decided to move us to a village called Gomba. We have no choice, they rip us from family, and we have to move. This village is located in in Pest county, so small in fact it has no Hospitals. So, when giving birth, we need to go to a larger city called Monor where we gave birth to our youngest child Eva.
October 9, 1956 (Tuesday)
The older 2 boys were born in our home city of Pecs, more than 3 hours by bus from where live now. All three children are close in age. Dodi is almost four his birthday is on the 26th of this month, Laci is two, he will be three in November and Eva will be two in March. We are now planning a small celebration for Dodi for his birthday. We can not tell anyone what our plans are in fear of what the communists will do to us if they find out. Please don’t tell anyone!
October 10, 1956- (Wednesday)
Gomba is located over an hour away from Budapest by bus. Longer by horse and cart. No one in our area owns a car. We walk to most places.
October 11, 1956- (Thursday)
When you enter the village of Gomba there is a welcoming sign.
There are not many houses in our village.
October 12, 1956- (Friday)
Walking through this village. All the homes belong to the communists. They took everything from us.
Even our churches. Everything belongs to them.
October 13, 1956- (Saturday)
A small group of 12 students from various faculties in Szeged (about two hours from Budapest), who met weekly for a game of bridge or other entertainment, decided to snub the official communist student union, the DISZ, by re-establishing the MEFESZ (Union of Hungarian University and Academy Students), a democratic student organization, previously banned. This group decided to make it widespread, by writing hundreds of notes leaving them at various classrooms signaling a meeting to be held on 16 October, in a specified classroom.
October 14, 1956- (Sunday)
It is Sunday… Even though Hungary has always been a religious country, the communists will not allow us to go to church the Communist Party has banned religion, and imprisoned Cardinal Mindszenty. But they can not take away prayer in our own homes. When a socialistic country has complete control over the people. We can not do as we want. They have total control over every aspect of your life. Including how you must believe. You may only believe in how you are told to believe. They have the guns; they have the power.
October 15, 1956 (Monday)
Not only do we have trouble with the socialistic/ communistic regime, so do all the other European countries who were given to the Russians after the great war. A deep political crisis is also developing in Poland.
October 16, 1956 (Tuesday)
Hundreds attended and a meeting chaired by one of the law professors. At the meeting MEFESZ is officially re-established, with 20 demand points – ten pertaining to re-establishing MEFESZ but ten others having direct political demands – e.g. free elections, departure of Soviet troops, etc. Within days, the student bodies of Pécs, Miskolc, and Sopron will follow.
October 17, 1956 (Wednesday)
Everything we hear on the news is pro socialistic/ communistic garbage. Nothing but lies. The newspapers never tell us the news. We must read between the lines and know what ever comes from the government is nothing but a bunch of lies.
October 18, 1956 (Thursday)
The only way to get real news is through protestors who oppose the socialistic/ communistic regime.
October 19, 1956 (Friday)
News reaches us in Hungary, the Poles have won concessions from the Soviet Union for greater independence.
October 20, 1956 (Saturday)
The Hungarians are patriotic, and we hate Russian control, especially:
The secret police called the AVH in Hungary.
Russian control of the entire economy, which has made us in Hungary poor.
Russian control of what the schools teach. All a one sided view. SOCIALISM/ COMMUNIST!
Censorship and lack of freedom. ALL FAKE NEWS!
*We need to get our own concessions from the Soviets for our own independence, as the Polish people have just done.
October 21, 1956 (Sunday)
Let me show you what the communists did to our flag after they invaded us.
Our beautiful flag used to look like this before the war.
And now it looks like this.
They took our national flag and placed their own symbol on it. They have desecrated not only our country but also our flag.
Imagine Socialism/Commuinsts invading your country and then putting it’s own symbol on YOUR flag.
HOW DARE THEY!!
Hungarian National Flag Symbols
White symbolizes Hungary’s rivers
Green symbolizes Hungary’s mountains
Red symbolizes Hungary’s bloodshed in its many battles.
October 22, 1956 (Monday)
Students at the Technical University of Budapest draw up a list of sixteen points for reform. The points include withdrawal of Soviet troops, free elections, a living wage, readjustment of production quotas and freedom of speech.
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