Foreign News: Out of the Mines

In Salzburg, Austria, a sickly, frightened Hungarian girl named Ilonka Nagy, 18, told her story:

"The government employment office sent me to the Komlo coal mine, in Barany county near the Yugoslav border. There were about 300 girls and boys in the mine between 14 and 21. When I went down in the shaft the first time, I was not afraid, but I looked around and said to myself: 'What kind of work is this—this is not for a girl.'

"It was terribly hot, and we worked half-naked beside the men. The girls did all kinds of work like drilling and loading. Another...

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