Story: Hungarians

Louis Somogyváry

Louis Somogyváry

Groups of Hungarians came to New Zealand after their country’s attempted uprising against communism in 1956. When Louis Somogyváry escaped from Hungary in that year, like most others he brought with him little more than his memories. Those memories went back to Christmases spent in Budapest in the 1920s. But he claimed that 1956 gave him the Christmas present of his life – his freedom.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-General, Ethnic groups in New Zealand-01
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Hungarians - Immigration from 1956: refugees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1059/louis-somogyvary (accessed 27 May 2020)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015