By Zsuzsanna Korosi, Adrienne Molnar
For a decade now, the authors were engaging in interviews for Hungary's Oral background information, with the kids of these Hungarians - nationwide heroes, as they're in general noticeable this present day - who have been imprisoned for his or her involvement within the 1956 revolution. The giant physique of fabric that has been accrued, and is now on the disposal of sociologists, psychologists and others within the educational neighborhood, kinds the foundation of this quantity. this can be a documentation of thoughts of the riot and, extra rather, its aftermath. the almost spontaneous ten-day rebellion exerted a long-lasting influence at the fates of the households of the greater than 20,000 who have been imprisoned and 229 accomplished by way of the regime within the harsh reprisals that the crushing of the revolution (the final of them as overdue because the early 1960s), with energetic police surveillance prolonged to tens of hundreds of thousands extra. This intimidation, and the attendant social and monetary devastation that it wrought, bore in particular challenging at the psyches, upbringing and schooling, and for that reason the following possibilities and lifestyles classes of the kids who grew up inside these households. the cloth is grouped by way of subject matter: e.g. the results on verbal exchange inside households, adjustments in social prestige, how kinfolk and pals reacted, and what types of difficulties those youngsters encountered in pursuing their reports, in attempting to assimilate into society as adults, and in on the subject of these fathers who did go back. In an appendix, the editors current designated biographies of the folks such a lot at once affected, supplying an exceptional glimpse into the fates of these they interviewed. The documentation comprises letters that the youngsters wrote to their imprisoned fathers.
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All parents tried to keep family life going according to the existing traditions and routines. Their success depended mainly on the mother’s personality, the stability of the family’s values, and on its available resources. The mother’s instinctive or conscious choice of strategy played a major role in determining her children’s future lives. In the course of our research we identified three different communication strategies. These are not clearly distinct varieties, and they could be modified even within individual families with the passage of time.
The whole thing was extremely tense. At least it was for me: the fact that I was about to meet my daddy. What would I talk to him about? We had not had a conversation for ages and we had not met very often. In other words, I don’t think I enjoyed it very much. I was aware that I was supposed to ‘perform’ for my poor father and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to behave as I should in this situation. ” (MÁRTA TÓTH) “We were always preparing, preparing so much, and I always left the prison with a sense of failure.
It was difficult to cope with the chaotic circumstances. Usually the parents did most of the talking while the children exchanged only a few words with their fathers. It was forbidden to speak about the political situation and the prison conditions, but by means of metacommunication or by using the family’s own coded language they could still pass on the most important information on these subjects. A few children were worried about the consequences of breaking the rules, but most of them were proud that their parents were able to tell each other things in such a way that the guards could not understand them.