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Communist Hungary escapee, WSU alumna honored
December 21, 2011

Helen and John Szablya, center, with their family.



The Szablyas after 1956 escape.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Helen M. Szablya and her family in the 1950s made two dangerous but unsuccessful attempts to escape communist Hungary.


Faced with the threat of prison, the Szablyas armed themselves with false identification and made a third run for the border in 1956. The family, including three small children, rode a train to Sopron, then hiked for miles across rugged terrain, finally crossing the Austrian border.


The Szablyas first immigrated to Canada, … » More …