Tóth Péter Pál
Carl Laszlo ( László Károly ) was born in Pécs ( Hungary ) in 1923, in a Jewish family. After the high school of the Cistercian Order - which belongs to the Catholic Church - he went to study at the medical university. However, in 1944 he and his whole family were deported to Auschwitz. There, everyone of them was murdered, except him. After the war, he went to Switzerland. There he continued his studies as a disciple of his famous compatriot Lipót Szondi and became a psychoanalyst. In his life, László Károly took up many different, creative activities: as a wtiter, publisher and art collector. He also moved in the circles of the beat-culture, knowing well many interesting and/or spiritually important people: from Burroughs to Ginsberg, from Warhol to Grutzke, from Timothy Leary to David Bowie, etc. His life was very special, because of his unique, self-chosen position: always inside, a participant, but at the same time an independent observer forming his own opinions.
Muzsikás Story – The 35 Years of Muzsikás Group
The Muzsikás Group earned its world fame: they play folk music to the highest standard, remaining true to their roots while also being open to other genres. Even more importantly, they preserve and mediate their elemental love for music to their audience.
The Teacher and the Biz
Éva Pergel, a teacher of Hungarian literature and grammar in a primary school, lost the money she collected for the school’s theatre tickets. She paid back the 300,000 forints from a loan. She was given the loan for a business that was supposed to bring in a thirty percent profit, since she didn’t dare to admit what had really happened. She was able to repay the loan from another loan. The sum was growing bigger and bigger, along with the creditor’s pocket, while her debt was increasing. When the police intervened, the uncollectable claim ran to over one hundred million forints, of which the teacher never spent a penny on herself. This bizarre story couldn’t have been born anywhere else, but in the peculiar wild capitalism that sprang up in Hungary after the change of the political system.