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Path Finding in the Communist Regime: Árpád Mózes Szabó (1927–1987)

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This article sets out to offer insight into the tragic destiny of a “common” man, Árpád Mózes Szabó, who collaborated with the Romanian secret police. He was always in search of a life with better prospects and dissatisfied with what fate had in store for him, refusing the conventional ways of accommodating to the society of his time. His false interpretation of the possibilities of gaining recognition and the illegal ways chosen to reach his goals left their mark on the subsequent life of the young man, who, at the age of thirty, was awaiting his death sentence and already had multiple experiences related to the prisons of the regimes behind the Iron Curtain. These antecedents diminished Szabo’s possibilities of “normal” existence, which after his imprisonment pushed him to almost two decades of cooperation with the Romanian secret police. The game of identities, the daily duality and triplicity, became unbearable and was eventually rejected.

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