Story: Hungarians

Paul Szentirmay

Paul Szentirmay, who was to become the Hungarian consul in Wellington, began his life in New Zealand as one of the many who fled Communist rule in 1956. Years later he described his escape across the border with his fiancée and a friend. They paid a smuggler from a village near the border to show them the best place to make their crossing.

Using this item

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: Prone places and crossings [videorecording]. Director/Producer, Jock Phillips. Wellington: Te Papa Productions, 1997.

Permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ann Beaglehole, 'Hungarians - Immigration from 1956: refugees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

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