Yes, it’s sausage time. Again. For whilst surfing the web my faithful hound Herbie discovered ‘The cuisine of Hungary produces a vast number of types of sausages.’ Easyjet, here we come.
And so what better for this article than a Magyar flavour, and Hungary’s unhappy time behind the Iron Curtain. Not surprisingly many tried to flee the oppression, including Ernest Popluhar who escaped in 1945 having been jailed for being a “capitalist barber”.
In October 1956 came a popular uprising against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic. Inevitably this was crushed by the Soviets but at Aspley Guise a family of four Hungarians came to live at a house where the owner refused to take any rent. As relations of a Hungarian woman who had married a local builder they were made very welcome, and arrived with the daughters wearing pyjamas under their siren suits and the mother in a pair of her husband’s trousers.
In Bletchley an Appeals Committee to help Hungarian refugees was begun, with biscuit tins were placed in pubs for a darts competition. The entry price was 6d and successful contestants were entitled to a quarter of the contents.
At a Leighton Buzzard hostel 34 refugees were accommodated, whilst in Bletchley at Fletton’s hostel Lajos Mesko, a Hungarian businessman who escaped in 1947, was collecting money for the national Hungarian Refugees Appeal. Since the uprising he had received no news from his widowed sister and her two children at Nagykanizsa, in Hungary, despite having previously written every week.