Page 5, 16th December 1949

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People: Bela Kovrig


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Dr. Bela Kovrig, Hungarian professor of social science, an organizer and leader of the Catholic resistance movement in Hungary, joined the Marquette University faculty last week, three years after he began trying to get out of Eastern Europe.

Following the suppression of the university, Dr. Kovrig was recommended to the chair of economics at the Hungarian Catholic Academy of Law by the academy's rector and by Cardinal Mindszenty.

Dr. Kovrig is former director of the centre for social studies for the Jesuit province of Hungary and was also an editorial writer for the Budapest National Gazette, largest Hungarian Catholic newspaper.

The account of his flight from

Europe reads like a story hook ad

venture. Chapters include a 200mile zig-zag journey in boat and motor car from Budapest to Vienna in 1948. In order to allay suspicion, the car crossed six frontier control lines, weaving a crooked path to Vienna.

By railroad sideline routes the escape continued to Salzburg and then to Innsbruck, Jesuit centre for Central Europe. After a two-month delay in Innsbruck, the journey to Rome was completed. Finally passage by plane to New York concluded the escape last month.

With Dr. Kovrig is his wife. Gabriella. While in Rome, Dr. Kovrig, along with other Hungarian emigrant leaders of Catholic Action, founded the Catholic Review, of which Dr. Kovrig was editor.

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