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I saw strangers rushing to the telephones. Floodlights started to glare and ﬁlm cameras begun to buzz. And the little fellow from Szeged was oblivious to it all as he started to speak: “Once again, the wind of freedom is blowing in from Poland. The Polish exchange students at our university are asking for our support. 28 A Testament of Revolution Russian troops are surrounding Warsaw, but the Polish army is also encircling the Russians. The city of Poznan is also free, but surrounded. Poland is showing the way and is asking for our solidarity.
There was a faint smile on his lips. He had to stoop a bit as he turned to the much shorter Iván Szabó and asked, “Iván, could you get hold of a bullhorn? ” As I headed for gate two, I was preoccupied with my armband. Throughout the Russian occupation the displaying of any national symbols, even the ﬂag, had been carefully controlled. The average person could not even own one. And when an oﬃcial ﬂag was displayed, it had to be placed to the left of the red ﬂag of the Communists. Any sign of patriotic feeling, any national symbol, was taken as an aﬀront to the internationalist doctrine of the Communists.
The next morning, Memi tried to wake me at : and again at :. There was no heat in the house, and the bathroom was dreadfully cold, so who wanted to get up? The toilet did not ﬂush. The “hot” water was cold. And everybody wanted—or needed—to get in there at the same time. I ﬁnally got out of bed and dressed quickly. My sandals were cold for October, but I certainly was not going to wear out my beautiful new csukas, my shoes with the two-inch-thick synthetic rubber soles. I had spent all my earnings of the last summer (nine hundred forints) to buy my csukas.