Edith Kish Lauer1956er
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Edith K Lauer, 1956er
At the age of 14, Edith Kish Lauer witnessed the Revolution from her family’s balcony overlooking Moricz Zsigmond korter. Her entire family was involved in the Revolution: her mother worked at her local pharmacy helping wounded freedom fighters, her father and she worked side-by-side building barricades from the cobblestone streets, her older sister and she helped deliver messages across the square and gathered supplies from the pharmacy to help classmates make Molotov cocktails.
Her family escaped in two waves in November 1956 and after being reunited in Vienna made their way to the US. Edith eventually married an American man and started her life as a dual citizen - proud Hungarian and enthusiastic American. She was a founder and Chair Emerita of the Hungarian American Coalition and is very active in the Hungarian community.
Interview conducted by Andrea Lauer Rice and Réka Pigniczky in Cleveland, Ohio in May of 2015.
NOTE: The interviewer, Andrea, is her daughter
Life under communism
Unique work experience
Arrival to the US
Leaving Hungary at 14
Decision to leave
1956 – “Bird’s eye view of the Revolution”
Why did you leave?
Vivid memories of 1956
Leaving Grandparents behind
Unforgettable people/memories of 1956
Spirit of 1956
**”Anything is possible if enough people untie to fight for it.”
“Showing the true face of communism.”
Impact of the Revolution on her life
Expectations / Realities of life in the US
Immigrant life for DPs vs 56ers
Remembering the Revolution through the years
Life in the US
**“Having a dual identity is a tremendous enrichment.”
Hungarian American community / Family life
Marrying an American
**good quote – “I am the citizen and daughter of a nation…”
Why are you doing this interview?
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