Hungarian by birth, Australian by education and American by choice

September 19, 2017
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Hungarian by birth, Australian by education and American by choice

Hungarian by birth, Australian by education and American by choice

“We were born in Hungary. Grew up in Australia, then moved to California, New York, Washington D.C., Houston and moved to Fairhope eight years ago. We just bought a house.”

“We can’t seem to stay in one place.”

“1956 was the Hungarian Revolution. We left when we were teenagers and didn’t know each other. It was a revolt against Communism and the Russian empire. Friends who didn’t leave led difficult lives. My father was a physician in the second World War and was on the losing side. He became an American POW and until then it was the best three years of his life in an American POW camp.”

“My father had the opposite experience. He was captured by the Russians and spent three years in a POW camp in Siberia. That was not a good life.”

“Australia was a refuge for both of us.”

“We came here for a two-year post-doc and have been here ever since. Both of our girls were neuroscience majors at Brown. One became a pediatrician and the other became an aviator for the Coast Guard.”

“I was a physician and fell in love with the VA (Veteran’s Administration). I have been there one way or another since 1973. Our family moved to Houston so we moved to Houston. It felt not to be weird helping during the floods.”

“I was trained as a commercial artist and about 15 stores along the east coast sold my stuff. I don’t do art anymore because my grandkids take all of my time. We are Hungarian by birth, Australian by education and American by choice.”

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