Wreath-laying on the Deak Square

Wreath-laying on the Deak Square
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1992
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
In this photo you can see the members of the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Society laying down wreaths at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky's statue on Deak Square. The photo was taken in Budapest in 1992. The first from left in the first row is Zsolt Zetenyi, I am the second. I got involved in political activity again in 1986, with the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Society. I got here, so that when I was the senior engineer of the Oncology they assigned me to the Sports Hospital, too, where the senior engineer had been caught with corruption and someone had to arrange their things. I became very good friends with the finance director there. He was called Karoly Novak; he has since died, I gave the address at his funeral. He had been at the front, he got home safely and wrote his memoirs, 'My Encounter with History' was the title. At first we only talked on a professional level, then about other things, too, and a very close friendship developed between us. He told me that he had known Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky in person, and that he was a member of the small society whose aim was to erect his statue in 1986, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. It had already been ordered, it was being done. They were registered as Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Friendly Society. He told me that I should take part in it, that they needed people like me. I joined, and in 1987, 1988 and 1989 I worked very actively. I wasn't afraid of the Department of the Interior anymore. I didn't care. Interestingly, they only started keeping me under observation sometime in 1988. Because in my files that I got from the Historical Bureau there are mainly those things when I was a strike organizer, when, for example, I held a presentation and held a memorial in the cemetery. So my political activity started with this, and it continued so that this friendly society was completely reorganized into a political society, and we had a secret place, a book stack on Akacfa Street, where we got together if we wanted to discuss a more delicate matter.

Interview details

Interviewee: Istvan Domonkos
Interviewer:
Mihaly Andor
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Istvan Domonkos
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Occupation
before WW II:
Electrician
after WW II:
Technical manager as an engineer

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