Washington, DC – The Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) has digitized the English version of the book entitled 56 Stories, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. 56 Stories is a collection of personal testimonials from witnesses to the revolution.
The book was published ten years ago, in 2006, by Lauer Learning, an educational, multimedia company focusing on Hungarian and American educational issues. In that 50th anniversary year, the Coalition and Lauer Learning worked together to collect these stories from 1956 survivors and their family members through the www.FreedomFighter56.com oral history website. The goal of this project was to ensure that not only the personal stories, but the very spirit of 1956 is passed on to future generations.
The book contains 65 personal stories in all: 56 personal testimonials from ‘56ers and nine stories of relatives of ‘56ers, each of which provides a different perspective on 1956, through the eyes of Hungarian-Americans.
These 56 stories were given by: Tibor Arany, Éva Apor Bálintitt, László Béres, László Bőjtös, Charles Farkas, Imre Farkas, Lily Farkas, Andrew P. Fodor, Ágnes Sylvester Fülöp, László G. Fülöp, Anikó Gaál Schott, Ildikó Diósadi Bodó Gajda, Sándor T. Halász, Péter Hargitai, Edward and Judy Hilbert, Miklós and Mária Hitter, János Horváth, Béla Király, Amadé Kis, Ilona Éva Ibrányi Kiss, Éva B. Kisvarsányi, Levente Koller, John S. Kőrössy Jr., Francis Laping, Edith Lauer, Andrea Lázár, Dr. Alfonz Lengyel, Béla Lipták, Paul Maléter, Tamás Markovits, Leslie László Megyeri, Thomas P. Muhl, Károly Nagy, Edit Martha Novák, Ferenc Novák, Károly G. Oláh, Tibor Ország, László Papp, András Pongrátz, Tamás Rátoni Nagy, Tom Rogers, Tibor Sárkády, William S. Shepard, Péter A. Soltész, Dr. Balázs Somogyi, Helen M. Szablya, Helen Alexandra Szablya, Mária Szodfridt, Olga Vallay Szokolay, Martha and Kathy Takács, Csaba Téglás, Dr. Steven Julius Török, Julius Várallyay, Gábor Varsa, Bulcsú Veress and Katalin Vörös.
The personal accounts from families of ‘56ers include: Katica Avvakumovits, László Imre Buda, Elizabeth Halász, Erika G. Kisvarsányi, Andrea Lauer Rice, Kathy A. Megyeri, Eszti Pigniczky, Réka Pigniczky and Endre Szentkirályi.
The book was edited by Edith Lauer and Andrea Lauer Rice. Photos and original illustrations were included from: Hungarian National Museum, MTI, Dr. Tibor Szentpetery, Ata Kando, International Rescue Committee, Geza Kisvarsanyi, Karoly Szabo and others.
56 Stories is available in hard cover in Hungarian or English. The newly-digitized version can be downloaded from the Coalition website here.