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Victims Of Communism: Olympic Champion Hungarian Fencer's Plight Under Totalitarianism

2015.03.06.

This is the compelling story of Dániel Magay, a member of Hungary’s national fencing team that won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia.
In this six-minute video, shared by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 83-year-old Mr. Magay, originally of Szeged in southern Hungary, tells of his story from being a happy child on an estate in rural Hungary through suffering extreme hardship as a member of a “class enemy” family during the early Fifties to winning the Olympic gold in Melbourne as part of the country’s national fencing team and finally settling in the United States after deciding not to return to live in the dictatorship that Hungary was at the time.

In the video, Mr. Magay also speaks of the plight of his father who has betrayed by his friends who reported on him to the Communist secret police and his gratitude to the United States for being able to experience freedom.
He later graduated in chemical engineering at Berkeley and currently lives as a pensioner in Los Altos, California.
photo: Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation