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Odon Orzsik : An Interview with Odon Orzsik

Orzsik, Odon
Thomas, Virginia
Odon Orzsik : An Interview with Odon Orzsik
Odon Orzsik is a pediatric cardiologist practicing in Slovakia and Hungary. He is of Hungarian descent, but was born and brought up in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). As a child, he learned five languages, some taught at home by his doctor father. He attended the medical school of Comenius University in Bratislava (Pozsony in Hungarian, Pressburg in German), and after army training in medical school and a regular army stint, he returned to his home town and practiced like his father in a hospital as an employee of the state under Communism until the changes of 1989. He discusses many aspects of life under Communism and life now in Slovakia and Hungary. Discursive Table of Contents: Place of birth, family and education—religion in Czechoslovakia under Communism—television in Czechoslovakia under Communism—his father’s life before, during and after World War II—traveling under Communism—Hungarians in Slovakia—entering the university under Communism—army training in medical school and regular army life—life in Communism and life now—the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Orzsik, Odon. "Odon Orzsik : An Interview with Odon Orzsik." Interview by Virginia Thomas in 2007. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.