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BBC Broadcasts

That morning of June 22, 1941, was the first time, as far as I remember, when late at night, behind closed windows and locked doors, we turned on our radio to listen to the Hungarian broadcast of the BBC. Immediately after Hungary joined the war, listening to the BBC had been declared illegal, equal to spreading false rumours and subject to severe punishment. But this activity became an integral part of daily life for many Jews in the city. It was a small act of defiance and resistance. Many listened regardless, or perhaps because of the prohibition. We also took great pleasure in listening to theatre, Hungarian operettas and lively music on the radio. Those BBC broadcasts were like a ray of light piercing the darkness surrounding us.

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