44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 18
Kóka Rozália’s series on women’s life stories Part 1. Szőnyi Zsuzsa’s life story Born in 1924, daughter of Szőnyi István, the painter/graphics artist. Her maternal grandfather – Bartóky József had worked in the Ministry of Agriculture. Zsuzsa spent her young childhood in Zebegény (north of Budapest on the Danube) listening to her parents’ conversations with their friends who were artists and intellectuals. The family moved back to Budapest when it came time to enroll her in school. She married Triznya Mátyás in 1944 – right when the Germans entered Hungary during World War II. Zsuzsa and her new husband decided to try to escape to Austria. They were caught at the border and put in jail. When they were finally released, they went back to Budapest and immediately began to plan their departure from Hungary. To be continued.