A Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism

A Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism

by Egon Balas

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A Will to Freedom: A Perilous Journey Through Fascism and Communism by Egon Balas

Will to Freedom is an eyewitness account of the social and political upheaval that shook Eastern Europe from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. As an underground resistance fighter, political prisoner, fugitive, and Communist Party official, Egon Balas charts his journey from idealistic young Communist to disenchanted dissident.

Attracted by its anti-Nazi stance, Balas joined the Hungarian Communist Party in 1942, after Hungary had entered the war on Hitler's side. He helped organize work stoppages and distributed antiwar leaflets. In his memoir, he offers a compelling account first of his eventual imprisonment and ordeal under torture and then of his escape and life in hiding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815606031
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Series: Religion, Theology and the Holocaust Series
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 469
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Egon Balas, a renowned mathematician, is professor of industrial administration and applied mathematics at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Part 1June 1922-April 1945
1.Childhood and Adolescence3
2.The Cause31
3.In Hiding65
4.Under Arrest89
5.Escape and Liberation121
Part 2May 1945-December 1954
6.Postwar Cluj157
7.The London Legation186
8.From Top to Bottom214
9.The Malmezon I247
10.The Malmezon II274
11.The Aftermath304
Part 3January 1955-July 1966
12.Reform Communist327
13.Heresy and Expulsion348
14.From Economics to Mathematics372
15.Would-Be Emigrant397
16.Exodus424
Epilogue443
Index455

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