Hungarian interview - Michael Elek

MHSO, and Magda Zalan, Hungarian interview - Michael Elek, 1978.

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Creator MHSO
Magda Zalan
Title Hungarian interview - Michael Elek
Published MHSO, and Magda Zalan, Hungarian interview - Michael Elek, 1978.
Identifier nlc-bnc.bvas.nlc-bnc.bvas.hungarian.36
Subject Elek, Michael
Hungarian Canadian
Oral history
Language English
Media Audio
Contributor Alouette Canada
Description Michael Elek came to Canada in 1956 because of the events following the Hungarian Revolution. He describes his escape from Hungary to the West, and shares his first impressions of the 'free world.' In the escape, Dr. Elek had been unable to bring all of his possessions with him out of Hungary. Canadian authorities helped Hungarian refugees to get to Canada from the refugee camps in Vienna, Austria. He tells what he knew about Canada prior to his arrival, and of his first accommodations and jobs in Canada. Dr. Elek talks about the differences he has noticed between the Hungarian and Canadian hospital systems. He also reminisces about where he lived during his internship. Then Dr. Elek discusses his professional goals and plans. The interviewer asks if he ever felt like strangers among the 'Anglo-Saxons,' and whether they live their lives like Canadians, or Hungarians abroad. Dr. Elek replies that they are 'Hungarian-born Canadians.'
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