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Jeno Eder: An Interview with Jeno Eder

Eder, Jeno
Thomas, Virginia
Jeno Eder: An Interview with Jeno Eder
Although Jeno Eder is the son of a German father and Slovakian mother, with Slovenian ancestors, he is very proud to be Hungarian and very proud of Hungary. The men in his family worked for the railroad, where his father played a brave role during the Nazi army invasion in 1944. After leaving the Hungarian People’s Democracy army, Jeno was employed as a technical worker producing military equipment made to Soviet design. Later he worked in telecommunications economic research. But his true calling was in guiding tourists, which he was trained to do and began in 1986. He worked a guide in Hungary as well as abroad, and had many revealing experiences. He relates these and also makes many comments on life today in Hungary. Discursive Table of Contents: Family, education, and army and POW experiences—life and work under Communism—1956 Revolution and after—travel under Communism—becoming a guide—experiences as a guide—changes after 1989—Hungary today—pride in being Hungarian and speaking Hungarian—his father’s actions in 1944
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Eder, Jeno. "Jeno Eder: An Interview with Jeno Eder." Interview by Virginia Thomas in 2007. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.