MY REVOLUTION: JÓZSEF TÓTH ZELE – “I JUST WANTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL”
1956, the year when “A nation said: Enough!”
This year is the 60th anniversary of the 1956’ revolution and war of independence. My Revolution is our weekly series of narratives of the 1956’ revolution by the book titled Az én Forradalmam (My Revolution). Remembering to 1956; every week you can read a stupendous story of a Hungarian 56er:
After finishing secondary school in Eger, at the tender age of 17 and a half, I was admitted to the Heves county football club because I was a fairly talented player. At the same time, they offered me a job at the district authority where I was immediately appointed team leader. But I just wanted to play football. In October, we heard on the radio that university students had organised an unauthorised protest joined by a “mob”, and that this insurgency had to be stopped. After a few days, I travelled to Budapest. When I arrived in the Eastern station, a few youngsters wearing arm bands with the national colours were asking for people who had a driver’s license. I said I had one, even for a truck. They answered “come with us quickly”. That’s what I did. The authorities had tried to convert me to certain ideologies but I did not believe everything.