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Laszlo Fejer : An Interview with Laszlo Fejer

Interviewee(s):
Fejer, Laszlo
Interviewer(s):
Thomas, Virginia
Title:
Laszlo Fejer : An Interview with Laszlo Fejer
Abstract:
Fejer began his career as a part-time railway mechanic, employed by the Communist state. More important to his employer, however, was his excellence as an ice hockey player in the railway company's sports team in a regime where no professional sports were allowed. But the railway company paid him only as a part-time mechanic, a salary on which he could not live. He became variously a railway engineer, a college student, a gas heater mechanic, a teacher, and finally, after the political changes, the manager of a Danish company with international connections. He has many insightful comments on the life of a non-Communist worker in Communist Hungary. He added a letter about present-day Hungary after the interview was completed. Discursive Table of Contents: Family and education—ice hockey for the Communist Hungarian Railway Company—traveling as an ice hockey player—life as a railroad engineer—college education—gas equipment mechanic and that jobs' advantages—technological changes and international contacts—the effects of political changes—post-Communist Hungary
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
2009
Project:
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Fejer, Laszlo. "Laszlo Fejer : An Interview with Laszlo Fejer." Interview by Virginia Thomas in 2009. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.