- 28 Apr 2014 9:00 AM
History defines a nation, some periods more so than others. If you have ever wondered why Hungarians are what they are, why they live and work the way they do and how different the next generation is going to be, you will have many of your questions answered in this one-day workshop discussing the facts and ideas of the communist era. During the day you will have a chance to sample some Hungarian signature dishes and our world-famous alcoholic beverages that survived the communist era, while taking part in entertaining activities at an exclusive location.
Did you know?
• In 1965 the average gross salary was 1766 HUF, while the price of a car was 40 times this much.
• In 1942 a factory foreman earned 5 times as much as a factory worker.
• In the 50s 65-75% of the population lived under minimum standards.
• In the mid-50s 41% of the flats in Budapest were between the size of 11-20 square meters.
• In 1960 only 16% of homes had a toilette.
• In the early 80s there were 266 caverns used as homes.
• BUT there were 120 000 holiday homes registered in 1980.
Source: Tibor Vaulch, Magyar hétköznapok (Life in Hungary), Napvilág Kiadó, Budapest, 2013
Join us for a travel back in time to get a view, feel and taste of the communist past! Find out how you would have dressed, where you would have lived, what you would have studied, how you would have spent your free time, what organisations you would have joined and what socialist morals you would have followed had you lived in Hungary before the fall of the iron curtain.
Topics to be covered:
• What was the secret of communism in Hungary?
• Why do some Hungarians dwell on the great era of communism?
• What was everyday life like?
• Who was a comrade and who was the enemy?
• How did the police state operate?
• Feel free to bring along your own questions about communism in Hungary and its effects on today’s culture!
10:50-11:05 Coffee break
12:30-1:30 Lunch break
3:00-4:30 Unicum tasting and tour of the museum/distillery
Emese Márton is a Hungarian as a foreign language teacher, sociologist and linguist, working towards a PhD in applied linguistics and another one in intercultural communication. She has been teaching Hungarian to executives, university students and embassy staff for almost ten years, during which she has gained a thorough insight into the cultural issues the various nationalities living in Hungary face. She has designed and held training courses about general cultural guidelines in Hungary as well as the communist era. Given her professional background, she has a keen interest in cultures, communication and languages and regularly takes part in research activities in these fields.
Dress code: casual
The language of the workshop is English. The workshop will adopt a politically impartial approach