Ari and Gyuszi on the farm

Dedicated to

Aranka Fábos Héviziné

& Gyula Fábos

Lake Balaton


Written, produced, and created by

Bettina Fabos

Historical Advising and Editing

Leslie Waters

and Kristina Poznan


Dana Potter


Collin Cahill

Jacob Espenscheid

Connor Thorson


Isaac Campbell

Lake Balaton

Story Reviewers

Anita Haüsermann Fábos, Ph.D.

Christopher Martin, Ph.D.

Judit Hegedűs

Judy Polumbaum, Ph.D.

Leisl Carr Childers, Ph.D.

Matt Kollasch

Éva Petrás, Ph.D.

Renata Sack

Julius Gyula Fábos, Ph.D.

László Hévizi, Ph.D.

Stephanie Clohesy

Lake Balaton

Historical Consultation

Judit Hegedűs

Zsuzsa Bognár

Károly Jókay, Ph.D.

Hanga Gebauer

Mihály Huszár

Éva Domotor

János Horváth

Piroska Nagy

Tibor Frank, Ph.D.

Tamás Suchman

László Fassang

Miklós Tamási

Béla Szabó

Michele Shedlin, Ph.D.

Kamill Kámán

Dr. Miklós Köszeghy, DDS

Dr. Kristian Lundgren-Koszeghy, DMD

Vilmos Somogyi

Nóra Gál, Ph.D.

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Photo Archival Research

Miklós Tamási

Co-Founder and Curator


Robert Parnica

Senior Reference Archivist

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Judit Hegedűs

Reference Archivist

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Judit Izinger

Senior Records Officer

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Zsuzsa Zádori

Senior Audiovisual Archivist

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Hanga Gebauer

Curator, Photo Collection

Museum of Ethnography (Budapest)Ω

Judit Dorottya Csorba

Curator, Film and Photo Collection

Museum of Ethnography (Budapest)

Éva Fisli, Ph.D.

Curator, Historical Photo Department

Hungarian National Museum

Katalin Bognár, Ph.D.

Photo-historian, Curator, Historical Photo Department

Hungarian National Museum

Tibor Sándor

Department Head

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

Adrienne Dávid


Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

Márton Kurutz

Head of Collections and Research

Hungarian National Film Archive

Dorottya Szörényi

International Promotion and Sales

Hungarian National Film Archive

Éva Petrás, Ph.D.


The State Security Historical Archives

Péter Pőcz

Photo Collections

Military Institute and Museum

Mihály Huszár


Marcali Municipal Historical Museum

György Danku, Ph.D.

Map Historian

National Széchényi Library

András Szécsényi

Photo Collections

Holocaust Memorial Center

Gyöngyi Farkas, Ph.D.


Museum and Library of Hungarian Agriculture

Éva Vörös


Museum and Library of Hungarian Agriculture

István Moldován

Department Head

National Széchényi Library

Susan Gangl

Associate Librarian

O. Meredith Wilson Library

University of Minnesota

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Participating Archives

Bibliothèque nationale de France

British Library - Illuminated Manuscripts

Central State Cinophotophone Archives of Ukraine

Croatian State Archive


FIFA Films


Great War Primary Document Archive: Photos of the Great War

Holocaust Memorial Center |

Holokauszt Emlékközpont

The Hungarian Electronic Library |

Magyar Electronikus Konyvtár

Hungarian National Film Archive |

Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum |

Film Híradók Online

Hungarian National Museum |

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum

Hungarian State Security Historical Archives |

Állambiztonsági Szolgálatok Történeti Levéltára

Hungarian University of Fine Arts |

Magyar Képzőművészeti

Imperial War Museums

International Institute of Social History |

International Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis

Internet Archive

Kunsthistorisches Museum |

KHM-Museumsverband, Vienna

Laczkó Dezső Museum, Veszprém

Library and Information

Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences |

Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Könyvtár és Információs Központ

Library of Congress

London School of Economics Digital Library

Marcali Municipal Historical Museum |

Marcali Városi Helytörténeti Múzeum

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library |

Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár

Military Institute and Museum |

Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum

Museum of Ethnography |

Néprajzi Múzeum

National Museum of Health and Medicine

National Széchényi Library

New York Public Library

O. Meredith Wilson Library

University of Minnesota

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Romanian Academy Library

Sueddeutscher Zeitung Bilderdienst

SZTE Klebelsberg Könyvtár

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

UPI/Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives |

OSA Archívum

Visual History Archive/SHOAH Foundation

War Office, British Government

Wolfsonian—Florida International University

Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

As well as the personal collections of Gyula Fábos, Aranka Fábos Héviziné, Bettina Fabos, Tibor Jankovics, the Puchner Family, Tamás Rácz, Renata Sack, Michelle Shedlin, Tamás Suchman, Béla Szabó, Leslie Waters, and Matthew Wilson.

Translation & Transcriptions

Liza Bognár

Zsuzsa Bognár

Réka Juhász

George Greskovits, Ph.D.

Olivia Fabos Martin

Dorottya Hévizi

Voice Over

Zsuzsa Bognár

Technical Support

Peter Yezek

Keith Kennedy

Code Support

John Doughty

Lake Balaton


Nicholas Appleget

Brendan Benson

Hannah Krogh

Adrian Mitchell

Zane Phillips

Funding Support

Fulbright Hungary

Hungary Initiatives Foundation

University of Northern Iowa

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I doubt I will ever find another collaborative team so breathtakingly talented as the team that built this project: Collin Cahill, Isaac Campbell, Jacob Espenscheid, Dana Potter, Kristina Poznan, and Leslie Waters – thank you for your supreme intelligence, spirit, wit, endless dedication, and beautiful friendship.

I would also like to thank my sister, Anita Haüsermann Fábos, for initiating this project with me, organizing and conducting our first interviews, and helping me think through the facets of our family tree. Thank you too, to my cousin László Hévizi for the unbelievable support and guidance through our family archives. And thank you to my immediate family members, Christopher Martin, Olivia, and Sabine, who supported me as I crafted this project.

My enduring appreciation goes to all of the archivists who spent time and energy digitizing the nearly one thousand images and artifacts that make up Proud & Torn. 42 archives are represented here, nearly all of them connected to museums and libraries. All of these resources shaped my early research and then became significant sources for visualizing the multiple storylines I was trying to tell about Hungary, and specifically, about rural Hungary.

No photo archive has been more important to Proud & Torn, however, than Fortepan. Curated by Miklós Tamási, this incomparable archive features the amateur photos of everyday Hungarians and is a lyrical journey into Hungary’s past. More than a third of the photographs in this project come from Fortepan. In fact, the archive became such an inspiration that I worked with Tamási and my own colleagues Leisl Carr Childers, Sergey Golitsynskiy, and Noah Doely at the University of Northern Iowa to launch its first sister site, Fortepan Iowa, in 2015.

Finally, many thanks to numerous friends and family members who helped in big and small ways to assist this project: Ilona Antal, Mercédesz Pápai, Edith Fabos, Nóra Gál, Márta Nagy, Matthew Wilson, Jonathan Chenoweth, Jason Paulsen, Andy Van Fleet, Jason Thompson, Matt Johnson, Mark Doeden, Fernando Calderon, Yasemin Sari, Kate Dunning, Jean McDonald, and Emily Gioielli.