My CEU Memoirs...
My CEU History Department Graduation Class Photo (I am the last at the upper right corner): Budapest, 1998
As far as many of you know, I am a recent graduate of CEU (Central European University) History Department. I finished it in the summer of 1998, with the M.A.degree in Modern Central European History. Afterwards, I did post-graduate studies for half a year in Mittersill in the very heart of the Alps in Western Austria. Schloss Mittersill is located in the valley of Pinzgau in South Salzburg land. The Pinzgau and Pongau provinces are are one of the most remote places in Austria with very well preserved Alpine Nature. Salzburg land is very often reffered as "Ein Kleines Paradise" by the way... In a word it was a good refereshment and a rest after CEU program.
During my studies at the CEU I continued my research I started in Lviv. It was about Moses Schorr and Meir Balaban, two notable historians and outstanding figures of Galician and Polish Jewry of the break of XX century from Lviv. My thesis supervisors were Prof. Hrytsak and Prof. Karady, whom I owed much in my work and learned a lot from their courses.
Central European University (stands for CEU) is the American-type international institution with students primarily from the Eastern Europe and fSU (former Soviet Union), the academic mixture of Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, Russians, Czechs, Slovaks, Croats and Serbs, Uzbeks, Poles...in a word you will find at the CEU a small world of Eastern Europe and Soviet Union with some Western students and staff. It might be named as a cultural crosspoint of East and West. One might hear very often Russian, Serbian and Croatian spoken here and certainly Hungarian...Hungary is the most exotic place on the earth I would say, first because of its language...one would break a tongue to learn to say some words...as"Viszontlatasra!" (Good bye) for instance. So after a year in Hungary, my knowledge of Hungarian is quite poor...I liked romantic Budapest, especially the Danube. My History Department Class of 1997/98 was a multicultural group of 11 Hungarians, 11 Romanians, 10 Russians, 7 Ukrainians (I was one of them), 2 Lithuanians, 1 Estonian, 1 Czech, 2 Slovaks, 3 Bulgarians, 2 Yugoslavians, 1 Macedonian, 1 Armenian, 1 Buryat and 4 Americans or so. Head of the History department was Dr. A. Rieber.
I lived at the CEU center, University Residential and Conference Complex, where the life itself was an adventure...you would have a neighbour from Uzbekistan and the next from Armenia or Bulgaria, as I used to have...and you would have to eat at the international cafeteria full of diverse CEU people...and to type your night papers down at the computer lab which one would remember for the rest of the life...
Hungarian links: Budapest Web Guide and Hungary Online
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