More than eighty-five years old, Éva Fahidi lives in the inner city of
Budapest, her memory is crystal clear, her manner of expression sharp as
a razor. She had just passed her eighteenth birthday when on June 27,
1944 she was crowded into a cattle car in her native town of Debrecen in
eastern Hungary and was deported to Auschwitz.
"Even if you have an apartment and a livelihood, homelessness is still a major, characteristic symptom of our times. One can be
homeless spiritually, too, if they can’t find their place
in the world. For this reason I
have felt closely acquainted with people who are homeless."
In 1944 Pilinszky was called up to the
Hungarian army and soon afterwards evacuated with his unit to Germany.
He never saw action, but in a Germany on the verge of defeat he
witnessed apocalyptic scenes. "The French Prisoner" is a testimony to those experiences. - George Gömöri's and Clive Wilmer's choice.
"...for this is how we play football: without hope or glory, but at least we don’t pretend not to know what is happening here, that behind each pioneer there is an empire, tanks, Gulag, Afghanistan, and many, many unuttered compound sentences."