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Hattiesburg man details escape from Hungary

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HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Members of Southern Miss's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute received an education about Hungary on Tuesday from a local resident, who escaped his native country during the 1950's.

Peter Bokor has lived in Hattiesburg for the last three years. He left Hungary in 1956 when it was being taken over by the communist Soviet Union.

Bokor fled to Canada and after seven years there, settled in Washington DC and gained US citizenship. Hattiesburg Mayor, Johnny DuPree attended Bokor's presentation and recognized his accomplishments.

Bokor said he's visited Hungary several times since leaving it at 24 years old. "Yeah, I left because of communism, I escaped. And I was a refugee, I was a displaced person - and no, no passport," said Bokor.

Bokor's presentation was part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's luncheon lecture series, which takes place each month.

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