Thursday, 20 February 2014


Against myth and teleology

An informal thread of postings on Conductive World has sought to colour in a little of András Pető's circumstances in Budapest during the months of the Arrow Cross (Hungarian Fascist) rule in Budapest and the Siege.

This thread commenced in September 2013 and finished in February 2014. Including the present posting, it comprises six postings.


Sutton, A. (2013) András Pető: a close brush with destiny – I, Conductive World, 24 September
Miklós Kun shelters András Pető in Red Cross Children's Home in Buda – convinces Arrow Cross to abandon an Action in which András Pető might have been murdered.
Sutton, A. (2013) András Pető: a close brush with destiny – II, Conductive World, 26 September
How the Arrow Cross behaved in Jewish children's homes – and CE's debt to Miklós Kun – forcoming film set in the Siege
Sutton, A. (2013) A story from history. Stories from prehistory. Mythogenesis, Conductive World, 28 December

From the myth of András Pető – Jews and Fascists in Budapest that winter – Hungary, Germany and the War – who needs myth?
Sutton, A. (2014) András Pető – one day in history, 4 February 1945, Conductive World, 4 February
Probably still in Buda – liberation – what might András Pető have been thinking?
Sutton, A. (2014) András Pető: a terrible night, 11 February 1945, Conductive World, 11 February
The night of the break-out – 'one of the most futile enterprises of the Second World War'
Sutton, A. (2014) Der Krieg ist aus, 14 February 1945: Stunde Null, 14 February
Hostilities are over – our survives – what future now for András Pető?
Sutton, A. (2014) András Pető 1944-5: round up. Against teleology, Conductive World, 21 February
Brief summary of this thread – the still limited history of András Pető

I am in no position to discover anything new from primary sources. I can at best scratch around amongst what is already publicly known. Others of course are more favourably placed: it will have to await their efforts to unearth what is potentially knowable on such matters.

I am left with serendipity amongst personally available written records, on paper and line, at best secondary sources. The story of AP deserves primary-source investigation.

My very limited historical method does, however, appear to offer a more plausible impression than does that provided by Conductive Education's scant hagiography. It might be useful to direct this method direct it to a couple of other known turning points in the life of András Pető, specifically 1911 and 1938-9, to see whether, limited though it is, it could shed just a little extra light into those corners of his mysterious tale.

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