44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 50
A Peasant Boy Emigrates – Part 2. Lives of Bukovinan Hungarians – Kóka Rozália’s column. In early January 1957 three Bukovina Székely Hungarian boys decided to leave Hungary and find the world, because it seemed like the Soviets would be ruling Hungary for a long time. After many months in a refugee camp in the Balkan Mountains, in October of 1957 Lőrincz Gergely signed a contract to work in a Belgian mine. This part of the story vividly describes the two years Gergely spent working in a coal mine – every part of which was incredibly difficult, uncomfortable, dangerous, unhealthy, slave-like labor. In the meantime he began to pick up the languages and find his way somewhat. After two years, in 1959, when he finally got vacation time, he decided it was time to move on. He took a train to Germany to visit relatives from Bukovina who had moved there in 1940. From the writings and drawings of Lőrincz Gergely. To be continued.