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Document Analysis

Essential question

How might the American public have received refugees of the Hungarian Revolution?

Developmental Activity — Phase I:

Use the National Archives photo analysis worksheet to study Time Magazine's January 7, 1957 cover: Hungarian Freedom Fighter — Man of the Year.

Discussion Questions:

  • What might be the significance of the hole in the Hungarian flag?
  • Why would Time Magazine select the Hungarian Freedom Fighter as the 'Man of the Year'?

Developmental Activity — Phase II

Camp Kilmer, a military post near New Brunswick, became a refugee center where many Hungarian cold war refugees were housed. You will explore several primary source documents relating to how these refugees were received by the nearby Rutgers University community.

Review these selections in order to compose a 'refugee diary' that chronicles the experience of Hungarian refugees in New Jersey. See p3 of the PDF