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An Interview with Judit Borzsak

Borzsak, Judit
Thomas, Virginia
An Interview with Judit Borzsak
Because Judit Borzsak was the middle-class daughter of a teacher, she was not expected under Communist rule to go to the university; instead, she was sent to a secondary technical school of economics. But while she was there, government policy regarding eligibility for higher education changed, and on the basis of her good grades she was allowed to go to the university. She wanted to teach English but was first employed as a librarian in several manufacturing companies, including a radio factory. Later, she became an English teacher. As guide of a tour for vacationing teachers, she had an opportunity to travel widely when most Hungarian travel was very restricted. Her experiences in both Russia and the West were illuminating, as she compared Muslim and Communist cultures and Western Europe with Hungary. However, when she tried to become an au pair in England, to improve her English, she ran afoul of the suspicious and duplicitous Communist Hungarian government. She is currently program officer of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee of the Hungarian Ministry of Education, and she has much to say, among other subjects, about the changes in education, the media, and society since 1989. Discursive Table of Contents: Family, education in technical secondary school and university—Revolution and post-’56 changes—Work as a librarian, marriage, child care—We’re Travel, passports, impressions of foreign countries—Journalists’ work under Communism—Differences between the west and Communist Hungary—1989 and post-1989—Life under capitalism—European Union—Higher education in Hungary and the teaching profession—Freedom of speech, the press, TV, and radio
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
Borzsak, Judit. "An Interview with Judit Borzsak." Interview by Virginia Thomas in 2004. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2006.