Freedom Fighter Speaks in Huntington
Monday night the Huntington TEA Party hosted guest speaker Tibor Bierbaum at the Dan Quayle Museum. Weather interfered, as the sirens downtown alerted people to the warning of a tornado, and tremendous downpours made driving, um, uncomfortable. But the dedicated showed up and were richly treated for their dedication.
Hungary’s Little Rebellion
With current events in the middle east focusing on popular rebellions, Mister Bierbaum’s presentation was well timed. He was born before World War II, and his father was drafted into service, begrudgingly, for the Nazis. Upon the cessation of hostilities, Hungary was turned over to the “Red Commies” and became a part of the Soviet Union. The U.S.S.R. And around 1956 the people of Hungary grew tired of the way of life there, and revolted.
Tibor Bierbaum was 17 years old when the uprising began. He had (initially) been educated in a religious school, but when the commies took over, all the schools were nationalized. When the economic system failed, his family was forced to use a barter system to get along. His mother had a spinning wheel and she used it to produce yarn, people would bring dog and cat fur, and other animal fur, and she would spin it into yarn for making clothes; her “fee” was 50%. You see, the commie system made everyone equal. As Tibor explained, it made everyone “equally poor”.
Tibor’s uncle was a land owner, a farmer. He owned way more land than he could farm by himself, using oxen and horses to pull the farm implements. Tibor’s uncle hired the folks in the ‘hood to perform some of the work. He also sold his produce in the local economy, much to the same people he hired. With a commie economy, that was no longer allowed. No one could be *hired* because that would not be *fair*. And all produce was required to be turned in to the *state*, whereupon the *state* would redistribute it according to the need of the people. Tibor explained how the government schools *taught* about the evil Kulaks, wealthy peasants who *stole* from the *people* through profits. The commies were describing capitalist landowners, in other words. His uncle was brought to trial, a show trial, but the people of the jury acquitted him, as they knew him to be fair in pricing as a buyer and a seller. But the persecution by the state continued.
So 1956 was a very big deal for the Hungarian people. They rose up, and were in the process of *breaking down that wall*, of overthrowing communism. Except for one small thing.
Those Russians (the commie bastards) had tanks. They also had a commitment to maintaining power. So they sent in the tanks, and (according to Tibor) around two thousand people were killed. About 300 were executed by the commies. And (if memory serves me??) 200,000 Hungarians left the country. Illegal emigration, if you will. And Tibor was one of them.
Tibor and Hilda- Cut from the Same Cloth?
Tibor told us that he could not even imagine that he could come to America. He and his buddies intended to enlist in the French Foreign Legion. They would be mercenaries for 8 years, and through diligence, and a strong savings plan, end up free to pursue their goals later. When asked how it was that he ended up in this country, he responded (much like Hilda Gutwein did weeks before)… “It was a miracle”. It was the hand of God. The recruiter for the Legion was delayed, and somehow he hitched a ride on a boat to America. He ended up in Colorado Springs where he was required to complete high school. Then he joined the Army. Fought for the U.S. in Viet Nam. Retired from the Army, and …that being required by law, was made aware of a job opening at Concordia High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Obviously, there is A WHOLE LOT MORE
to this story. But it was fascinating to hear it told in the first person. Mr. Bierbaum delighted the audience, over and over again. One popular comment he made, when describing the response he received after writing a letter to the Big Government Senator from Indiana, Richard Lugar, was that “he just doesn’t get it”. The audience howled with delight, as many are involved in an effort to get Senator Lugar retired in 2012.
If this little synopsis is interesting to you, check out this video. And listen. Internally.
- Hitler Youth Camp Survivor Speaks (viewfrombippus.wordpress.com)