Tibor Vajda, a 20-year-old Jew escaped from a forced labor camp in
October 1944 and joined a resistance group in Budapest. They fought
the fascist Arrowcross bandits and freed Jewish men from the
Vajda''s mother and younger brother Laszlo were hiding at a
Christian business. They survived mass killings on the streets and
on the banks of the Danube, but lost family members in the
When Eva and Tibor got married, they felt they could not live
among people who supported murdering Jews. They joined a Zionist
group planning to follow them to Palestine.
Tibor''s father was seen alive but sick on the Austrian border.
Before he could leave to find him, eye-witnesses arrived who saw
German SS soldiers kill him. Eva got pregnant and Tibor''s mother
became sick. They got stuck in Hungary. After the war, public
anti-Semitism became louder in Hungary. Remnants of the fascist
German and Hungarian armies under the patronage of western armies
planned to start third world war against the Soviets.
Holocaust survivors feared a new fascist takeover. Some young
Jewish men joined the political police. Tibor Vajda''s decision
proved to be fatal. Fugitive of the fascists soon became the victim
of the communists.