Hungarian interview - Zoltan Petro

MHSO, and Monika Berenyi, Hungarian interview - Zoltan Petro, 2006.

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Creator MHSO
Monika Berenyi
Title Hungarian interview - Zoltan Petro
Published MHSO, and Monika Berenyi, Hungarian interview - Zoltan Petro, 2006.
Identifier nlc-bnc.bvas.nlc-bnc.bvas.hungarian.61
Subject Petro, Zoltan
Hungarian Canadian
Oral history
Language Hungarian
Media Audio
Contributor Alouette Canada
Description Zoltan Petro is a Hungarian originally from Felvidék, present day Slovakia. He talks about Hungarian activity in the highlands during the 1956 Revolution. There existed discrimination against Hungarians within Slovak borders, and they had access to medication, no language rights. He talks about Radio, student activity is Roszno in 1956, as well as communization of schools. Mr. Petro talks about 'Slovakization'- Hungarians had no schools, language, papers, and their homes were given away. He then talks about the 'Sovietization' of the region because of the Russian influence. Mr. Petro was a soldier in the Slovak army and then in Czechoslovakia. He describes a period of reprisal, brainwashing by communists, and conflict. He decided to leave with his wife and two children. Eventually they decide to escape via Austria, and from then to Canada by airplane. They lived in Toronto and Hamilton, and Mr. Petro worked as a factory work, and a janitor, before getting his teaching certificate and a job at a learning centre.
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