Education: Ludovika Military Academy, Budapest
Occupation: Military, Officer
Active role in the revolution: YES
Col. Zoltan Gobozy was released by the Revolution from the VAC maximum security prison. The prisoners broke out and quickly returned to their home which, in some cases, took two to three days under warlike conditions. A severely broken man, all he could do is cry for any reason at all, contacted his high military contacts from prison to see if they could attempt to help. But this was the revolution of the young.
Zoltan, being a leader in all things, convinced the family to leave at once and all members of the family. There were seven of us, Zoltan, Irene his wife, Helen Farkas (Irene’s sister), Tibor Farkas Sr, Tibor Jr, and two unrelated friends, Magda and Marta.
After about five days of hiding and walking over 40 km, the group found itself on the other side of the Austrian border.
In United States of America
Arrival: Nov. 1957, NY
Education: No further education in the US
Occupation: Janitor, Radio announcer
Workplace: Cleveland, Dow Chemical, Ohio
Awards: Being of advanced age, Zoltan was in his early sixties, was limited in his options for useful work. Aside from the menial work at Dow Chemical, he wrote articles for the local Hungarian Journals, became a commentator on Bocskay Hungarian Radio, became a featured speaker at meetings and gatherings of the Hungarian Fighters Association, 56er Freedom Fighter Associations. He remained active to the end of his life.
Zoltan and his wife, Irene, were highly patriotic not only to the old country but to their new homeland and their sponsors, the Gobozy family.
As a note of interest, our family was accepted by the US after many seemingly hopeless months of waiting in camps, until Mr. Steve Gobozy, a Republican leader in Cleveland, wrote a letter to Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, which did the magic and two weeks later we were in the US.
Few human beings have lived through as much persecution and suffering as did Col. Zoltan Goboczy. Due to the meager income of his mother, a Baroness, he joined the military at an early age. He graduated from the prestigious Ludovica, joined the Artillery and rose to Colonel by 1945, in the midst of the Soviet attack on Budapest.
Captured by the Russians, marched to a collection center 50 km away, put into wagons and transported to Siberian POW Camps. After unbearable hunger and cold and forced labor, he returned to Budapest and lived as he could until his imprisonment in 1952, given life, commuted to 15 years restricted prison in Marianostra and Vac.
Liberated by the Revolution, decided to put an end to his sufferings and crossed the border to freedom together with the Farkas family.
He lived a busy and fulfilled life until his death in Orange, California.