Prologue

Pictured here are my aunt and father, posign for a photograph in their Sunday best in 1939. They grew up in a flourishing farming family in a little town in western Hungary called Marcali (MARTZ-AH-LEE). Pictured here are my aunt and father, posign for a photograph in their Sunday best in 1939. They grew up in a flourishing farming family in a little town in western Hungary called Marcali (MARTZ-AH-LEE). Pictured here are my aunt and father, posing for a photograph in their Sunday best in 1939. They grew up in a flourishing farming family in a little town in western Hungary called Marcali (MARTZ-AH-LEE).

In Hungarian, the “c” is always soft, making a “tz” sound. Try to say "cica" (tzi-tza) in Hungarian. It means cat.

The town was not far from the biggest freshwater lake in Europe, Lake Balaton. (Have you heard of it?) The town was not far from the biggest freshwater lake in Europe, Lake Balaton. (Have you heard of it?) The town was not far from the biggest freshwater lake in Europe, Lake Balaton. (Have you heard of it?)