"Just Like Other Students"

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Based on extensive archival research and in-depth interviews with former refugee students, the author has painted a detailed picture of how and why the students came to Britain after the failure of the 1956 revolution. She chronicles their studies and achievements and their attempts to adapt to British society and recalls the extraordinary welcome extended to them by British higher educational institutions as well as the magnanimous response by the people of Britain to the appeal to raise funds to cover the cost of their education. The British people, feeling guilty that the Suez crisis had prevented the British government from being able to help Hungary in face of Soviet aggression, readily offered whatever they could to help the refugees pouring into Britain. The Lord Mayor of London's Appeal Fund was set up within a week of the Russian tanks rolling into Budapest. It had the then unprecedented sum of two million pounds as its target, which was collected, mainly from small individual donations, by the first week of January 1957. The universities immediately began to organize the selection and transfer of refugee students from the Austrian camps to Britain, to interview them, allocate places for them and set up the necessary English language classes. Nearly one thousand potential students were interviewed, five hundred of whom were placed in higher educational institution all over the country. Well over the half of these students obtained degrees, and an unusually high proportion went on to gain higher degrees.Since he was dismayed by the attitude of the factory owners who employed him and made extensive use of his innovations without giving credit to the inventor, he decided to ... He moved from country to country, designing machinery and helping to set up factories. Marrying a German girl in the town of Brtlnn, he settled down in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. ... The family was forced to do manual labour but the sons managed, against all odds, to enter higher education.

Title:"Just Like Other Students"
Author:Magda Czigány
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009


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