‘My generation is quite a sullen one…’: Trauma and Remembering in Life Stories Cover Image

„Az én korosztályom az egy ilyen mosolytalan korosztály…” Trauma és emlékezet az élettörténetben
‘My generation is quite a sullen one…’: Trauma and Remembering in Life Stories

Author(s): Zsuzsanna Bögre
Subject(s): History
Published by: KORALL Társadalomtörténeti Egyesület

Summary/Abstract: This study is searching for answers to the question how personal memory is affected by a crime committed in the past. How do people who were forced to commit betrayal remember their past? How does the tragedy of the past become the trauma of the present and future? The microhistorical study presents the dramatic life story of a woman participating in the 1956 Hungarian revolution. E. V., a single mother at the time of the revolution, got involved with the revolutionaries of Corvin street in Budapest, where she worked as a nurse and kitchen hand. It was here where she met and fell in love with László Iván Kovács, one of the leaders of the corvinista fighters. After the suppression of the revolution, Iván Kovács was arrested and jailed. To save his life, even at the price of her own, E. V. followed him to the jail voluntarily. According to our sources, the political police enrolled E. V. as a ‘patriotic agent’, between the first and second hearings, right before Iván Kovács’s execution on 30 December 1957. The agent network employed her services until 1977, when her supervising officer initiated her release due to what in police terminology was termed a ‘lapse in employment’. The study traces the developments in her personality across the sources. What can a woman say about herself after betraying the man she loved and the case he died for, to be able to return to her home and children?

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 41
  • Page Range: 113-137
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Hungarian