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The national uprising against communism in Hungary was viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops on November 4, 1956.
The day of the invasion, Zoltan and other college students were conscripted border guards.
There is more to his part of the irony, but he ended up in Canada and eventually became a US citizen.
I had just finished a year of electronics training at the Army Security Agency school at Ft. Devens, MA.
While in the communications center, we listened to radio transmissions between Russian tanks and their control center as they moved across the border and did their sweep of the country.
My son’s future father-in-law was part of the student led Hungarian Revolution crushed by the Russians.