By Robert Perlman

A chronicle of the Hungarian-Jewish immigration adventure

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6 Hungary fought on the side of Germany in the First World War and emerged a serious loser. ) The Treaty of Trianon in 1920 stripped Hungary of three-quarters of its territory and two-thirds of its population, reducing it to its present size, approximately that of Indiana. At the end of the war Hungary had on its borders, in addition to Austria and Rumania, the new states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The outcome of the war roughly cut in half the Jewish population of Hungary, reducing the number from over 900,000 in 1910 to approximately 475,000 in 1920.

Herzl was far-sighted when he wrote in 1903: "The hand of fate shall also seize Hungarian Jewry. "9 Some of the survivors of the Holocaust were able to reach Israel, the United States, and other countries. At the end of World War II Russian troops occupied Hungary, which had to give up the land that had been received from Hitler. Within four years a Communist government again held power in Hungary. An attempt by Hungarians to oust the Communists in 1956 was thwarted by additional Russian forces that poured into the country.

Another influence impinging on the developments traced in these pages was language. It was more than a device for communication. It was the glue that bound people to a common set of memories, values, and loyalties. This was particularly important in what has been called ''the polyglotic monarchy" of Hungary. The languages in questionMagyar, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Slovak, to name a fewplayed a significant part in the Hungarian Jews' relationship to their environment both in Europe and here, probably more so than with other Jewish groups who immigrated.

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