When Dániel Magay left Hungary to compete in the 1956 Olympics, the Hungarian revolution had just defeated the Kremlin-backed communist government. By the time he and his teammates won the gold in fencing, the Soviets had re-captured Hungary with tanks and troops and Dániel was faced with the most difficult decision of his life.
Dániel’s story is the latest in our Witness Project, an ongoing effort to capture the stories of those who survived communism.
Through Witness Project, VOC is recording a living history of life under communism. The inner strength and perseverance of these witnesses speaks to the best in the human spirit, especially when confronted by the deadliest ideology in history.
(Courtesy of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation}