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Krisztina Nemerkenyi: An Interview with Krisztina Nemerkenyi

Nemerkenyi , Krisztina
Thomas, Virginia
Krisztina Nemerkenyi: An Interview with Krisztina Nemerkenyi
Although she was born when Rakosi was the repressive Communist leader of Hungary, Krisztina Nemerkenyi grew up during the Kadar regime and did not experience Communism as repressive. She attributes her sense of freedom not to Kadar but to the influence of her family which was large (eight children), democratic, deeply religious (Roman Catholic), and skeptical of political propaganda. She feels her family taught her to speak and live as she believed without fear, and while she was aware of spying in the university and elsewhere, she had no personal experience of it. She taught English and geography, and also worked in scientific publishing and as an organizer for scientific meetings. She comments on the current political and social situations in Hungary. Discursive Table of Contents: Family and education—organizational work and teaching—the media—polarization in Hungary—political activity of youth—European Union—traveling—current social situation
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Nemerkenyi , Krisztina. "Krisztina Nemerkenyi: An Interview with Krisztina Nemerkenyi." Interview by Virginia Thomas in 2009. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.