At the end of World War II, the Soviet Army pushed the Nazi’s out of Eastern Europe and began to occupy it. It was 1945 when they invaded Hungary and made it a Communist state, one of the most repressed in the world. Georgette’s family quickly went from a comfortable middle class life in Budapest, Hungary, to being prisoners of one of the most horrific government systems in modern times.
Thousands of Hungarians had been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured. Many had died of starvation and of foul conditions after being forced from their homes and made to live in camps. Some were executed. Georgette and her family knew they had to escape, or they would be joining their unfortunate neighbors. Georgette was captured by Russian soldiers, hunted by a Communist spy in Austria, and suffered the consequences of a failed attempt to escape through the infamous Iron Curtain, all before she was seventeen years old. This is the narrative of a brave child and teenager, who lived through the tyranny of Stalinist Communism and ultimately triumphed in the free United States of America.
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