Ferenc Fehér

Ferenc Fehér

My friend Ferenc Fehér was a remarkably learned, eloquent, brilliant man. But he did not live a happy life, and suffered more than his share of injustice in three worlds. The Nazis murdered his father when he was still a boy. Then they tortured and almost killed young Ferenc as well. Next came communism; here Ferenc grew up and became one of Hungary’s best minds—only to have the regime destroy his career and force him into exile. Finally, for his last sixteen years, he was in the West, where he never received the intellectual recognition that he deserved so well. Still, nothing could diminish his pride, his sense of honor. As his father was being taken away to those infamous trains, he told his fourteen-year-old son: “Hold your head up

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