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    On January 22nd, Free China welcomed with open arms the first Hungarian refugee who came to seek political asylum in Taiwan.

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    LS A Civil Air Transport airplane carrying Dr. Katona landed in Taipei.

    MS Dr. Katona stepping out from plane.

    MS Dr. Katona welcomed by government representatives and received flowers from Chinese girl. Posed with welcomers and leaving the airport.

    MS, CU At welcoming ceremony, Chairman of China Chapter of Asian Anti-Communist League, Kuo Chang-kang, delivered a speech welcoming Dr. Katona.

    MS, CU Distinguished guests and government officials at welcoming ceremony listening while Dr. Katona, with interpreter's help, delivered speech.

    MS, CU Col. Chang Chuen-yuen, a Chinese Communist high-ranking officer who recently fled to choose freedom in Free China, also made speech.

    MS Dr. Katona, along with others, cheering the victory of Free China.


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    Background: On January 22nd, Free China welcomed with open arms the first Hungarian refugee who came to seek political asylum in Taiwan.

    Dr. Lewis Katona, a 70 year old Hungarian freedom fighter and a Sinologist, flew into Taipei from Europe by way of Hong Kong. He was given a rousing welcome at the Taipei International Airport, and later at the Welcome Ceremony in his honor.

    The aged freedom fighter fled to Yugoslavia after the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Russians. Through Dr. T. F. Tsiang, Chinese Delegate to the United Nations, Dr. Katona asked for, and obtained Chinese government's permission to come to Taiwan for resettlement.

    The anti-Communist scholar got a doctoral degree in Budapest for his achievement on Sinology. Later on he went to Paris to make further study of Chinese culture in the Oriental Language School for as long as three years.

    Dr. Katona was once a staff member of the Hungarian national museum in Budapest. He retired in 1945 and worked on his 25-acre private farm for a living. He was jailed for about a year for his failure to deliver to the Red regime the required quota of agricultural products. He joined the revolution when the Hungarian people rose against the Russians and the Hungarian Quislings.

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