Mosonmagyaróvár
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There was dead silence around there

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Andrea Nikolits left Budapest for the "free world” with her female neighbour on 27 November 1956. They took a train to Mosonmagyaróvár to be taken to the border by a drunk "human smuggler” along with two males. "We embarked on the most critical journey of our lives under the guidance of a drunk man. He had been showing us the way for about 20 minutes until we got to the dam of a small river. He stopped there and explained that we should go along the dam straight on and mustn’t change direction. So we got as far as the border. Then turning his back on us he ditched us.” It was dark so they got disoriented, but went on nonetheless. Later it started to rain. It was cold and they were freezing and increasingly tired. "Suddenly we reached an asphalt road. There was a real highway running across in front of us! May that be the highway to Vienna? We should get across – at least to the other side-where there are bushes and trees protecting us from the eyes of an accidental Russian patrol. But where is the light we had been following so persistently? Even farther. At that very moment we realized we had seen the moon all the time. Thus we crossed the highway- running, as if we had been aware of getting closer to our destination. We were trudging in the bushy fields and I kept picturing a map to myself- the map of Hungary’s western frontier that was jagged and zigzagging. Consequently it could easily happen that we were roaming about a place where we’d better clear off. Not a living soul was there – we didn’t meet anybody. There was dead silence around there. How is it possible that we can’t find a human settlement? We could have walked even on the moon…” she recalled.

Nádasdy Nikolits Andrea

Nádasdy Nikolits Andrea

Nádasdy Nikolits Andrea was born in a wealthy bourgeois family in Budapest in 1933. Her father Nikolits Mihály was appointed to be a Lord Lieutenant of Baranya County, so the family moved to Pécs. They moved back to Budapest in 1947. Andrea went to the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Budapest in 1948. She left it for reasons of politics in 1950 when his father was B -listed and the rest of her family resettled. She worked as a silk painter and as a bar singer afterwards. She got married in1952. Her daughter was born in 1953. She escaped to Austria through the green border without her family on 29 november 1956. She stayed in Vienna for 3 months. From 1957 to 1961 she lived in France where she worked as a housekeeper. She relocated in the USA in 1961 where she got to the top as a designer, later as a stylist. In the meantime her husband (who stayed in Hungary) divorced her and she could manage to take her daughter to live with her only in 1966. Count Ferenc Nádasdy married her in 1982. They lived in Ottawa. She retired in 1995. She returned to Hungary in 1996 and together with her husband she endowed a fund. She worked for their Nádasdy Fund till 2013.

Mosonmagyaróvár

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Mosonmagyaróvár is situated in the extreme North of Hungary, 15 km off the Austrian-Slovakian border, at the confluence of Mosoni-Danube and Leitha by the M1 motorway. Its significance lies in its geographical location. It was already an important settlement back in the Roman times, when it was called Ad Flexum, and became an administrational center after the Acquisition of the Land, then later a county seat. During the Crusades and then the Turkish Conquest, a major military route ran close to the city. In the summer of 1809, Napoleon and his soldiers stayed in here, and it was where the French-Austrian Peace Negotiation took place. In 1939, the two parts of the city, (Magyaróvár being the industrial and cultural centre and Moson populated by farmers and merchants), united. The turnaround in Mosonmagyaróvár’s history came during World War 1 and 2. In accordance with the Versailles Peace Treaty concluding World War 1, two-thirds of Moson comitat was ceded to Austria, and the Paris Treaty signed following World War 2 ceded 3 further villages away from the county and, consequently, from Hungary. As a result, Mosonmagyaróvár lost its county seat status. Following the erection of the Iron Curtain there had been no development in the city whatsoever, and it became hardly accessible. The opening of the borders worked again in the favour of Mosonmagyaróvár thanks to the vicinity of the motorway and the fact that the capitals of the two neighbouring countries became easily accessible. Today the city has 300,000 inhabitants.

Mosonmagyaróvár

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Every breath was painful

Every breath was painful

Nádasdy Nikolits Andrea
There was dead silence around there

There was dead silence around there

Nádasdy Nikolits Andrea
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