The Darkness Within – Excerpt 2
I told my father of my intentions, He hugged me to him and said he was so proud of my decision, and that I was a true Magyar! He begged me to keep myself safe and return to the farm when the conflict was resolved.
And so, the following day with the good wishes of my family ringing in my ears and tears running down my cheeks. I left to make my way to Budapest to join the Revolution.
The Russians had in July 1956, to try and appease the Hungarian people, removed Rakosi, our Pro-Russian President and replaced him with the popular Imre Nagy who was very keen to see a free Hungary. Free from the Russian tyranny and their rule which was enforced by tanks and other weaponry.
Understandably the Russians were none too pleased about this and began to move their armoured forces to our borders in a show of force. It just made the Hungarian people more determined to defy them.
On arriving in Budapest, I found the city in uproar, the students and workers had joined forces in protesting in the streets in favour of President Nagy and his reforms and the breaking of the yoke that the Russians held on our country.
Although not truly one of them, I threw in my lot with a group of students, This group included two girls Irina and Zorcha and five more males beside myself, a total of eight. The only weapons we had were two rather ancient pistols, but we were Magyars, we would defeat the Russians barehanded if necessary, such is the confidence and folly of the young, But after all we had Atilla’s blood in our veins.
(C) Damian Grange 2018