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Ivan Faludi
Posted by: Maud Svensson Date: June 27, 2001 at 10:37:46
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Ivan Faludi was born on the 10th of March in 1895 in the Hungarian town Sopron (German name Ödenburg), close to the border of Austria. I do not know the names of his parents, but his father was a railway inspector in Sopron. Ivan Faludi had one elder brother and three elder sisters, one of them was named Elisabeth. After the early death of the father the rest of the family moved to Budapest in 1906.
Ivan Faludi was a soldier in the Austrian-Hungarian army in the World War I and was taken prisoner in Russia. After that - for about 30 years - he was a refugee in several countries in Europe, unable to return to Hungury of political reasons. He worked among other things as a journalist, a theatre director and a dancing instructor.
His brother was a person of a fairly high station in the Austrian government before the Nazis took over.
In 1949 Ivan Faludi got his Swedish citizenship.
Ivan Faludi has told the story of his life in his book "Främlingspass" (Foreigner´s Passport), written in Swedish, edited in 1964. It has been translated into German (Fremdenpass), but not into English as far as I know.
Ivan Faludi was married three times and had several children. He died in Sweden 1978.
I have been told that Faludi is a rather common name in Hungary, nevertheless I hope this letter will get me in contact with relatives to Ivan Faludi. He is not a relative of mine, but he was my very beloved teacher in German in Norrköping, Sweden, in 1964.
Just a week ago I visited his birth town Sopron, the best preserved town in Hungury, not destroyed by the the wars. The old town contains buildings even from the 14th century.
With excuses for my defective English,
Maud Svensson


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