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We said goodbye to the policemen. They took us to the station. We showed our papers at the window to be stamped. And that is where we asked ourselves, “How are we going to live like that? With no guard-dogs or armed soldiers next to us?” You know, in ten years, you get used to that other sort of life. We felt naked. So the six of us said among ourselves, “Let’s speak Russian, because on the train, people will ask us questions.” We were dressed like Russian prisoners. But then, when we got to Debrecen, it was dark, 25 November, when it’s dark at three or four o’clock. So we said, “We’ll speak Hungarian now, because if someone punches us in the face in the dark, it’ll be because they think we’re Russians.”