How I fled from terror on a bicycle

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Monday, October 23, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

On November 10, 1956, the Soviets invaded Budapest, Hungary.

There were mass arrests and killings and an estimated 200,000 Hungarians - including Imre Antal - fled the country.

Imre, who now lives in the tranquil village of Westgate, in Weardale, remembers how thousands of his countrymen, including neighbours and friends, were sent off to labour camps by the Russians."Nobody knew really what was happening, but they were very frightened."

Along with three pals, Imre decided to make his way to Austria - by bicycle. "It was a frightening ride for all of us. We kept hearing of killings and people being sent to labour camps. But luckily we eventually managed to reach the border. We made contact with the Red Cross, and they eventually took us to safety in Graz.

Read more: How I Fled From Terror On A Bicycle (from The Northern Echo)

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