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Ma este indulunk a frontra…
Tonight We Are Leaving For the Front…

Diaries and Memoirs of Second World War Prisoners from Upper Hungary

Author(s): Zoltán Kőrös
Subject(s): Oral history, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Fórum Kisebbségkutató Intézet
Keywords: war memoirs and diaries;oral history;World War II;Hungarian army;prisoners of war;Soviet military captivity;captives of the Western Allies;southern Slovakia
Summary/Abstract: In his work, the author worked up the theme of the Second World War and the military captivity of people from southern Slovakia, which was annexed to the Kingdom of Hungary in November 1938. The source basis of the work is a selection of the most interesting war diaries and later written memoirs, which the author managed to collect during the past seven years of field research, some stories are supplemented by information from oral history interviews. It contains the experience of the generation of inhabitants of southern Slovakia who were most affected by the war—soldiers deployed on its battlefields. The war memoirs and diaries contained in the publication are a unique reflexion on the events at the time and offer an insight into the thoughts and emotions of their authors. The publication opens with a short introduction followed by the main part of the book, the memoirs and diaries themselves, which the author complemented with annotations. Specifically, these are the stories of six members of the Hungarian Armed Forces and one civilian. Two of them (Nándor Juszkó, József Kemény) were soldiers deployed on the Eastern Front, but most of them were forced to withdraw during the last months of the war to the territory of the Third Reich. Of course, their stories did not end on May 8, 1945, most of them fell into military captivity: the Soviet one (Nándor J uszkó), but most of all, into the captivity of the Western Allies. For each story, there is added a short biography of the originator of the diary or memoir. The publication also includes photos and samples of original war diaries or memoirs.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-80-89978-07-6
  • Page Count: 400
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Hungarian