HUNGARY: Anniversary Jokes

"If you, dear Reader, happen to have a glass in hand, filled to the brim with mellow Hungarian wine, remember the old Hungarian peasant saying: Adjon Isten bort, buzát, békességet — God give us wine, wheat and peace." So mused the magazine New Hungary recently in a wistful article on the possibility of exporting more wine to the U.S.

But God (and Russia) had left Hungary little wine, little wheat and certainly no peace. Last week, as it celebrated its first anniversary, the new Hungarian Republic was in the iron clasp of Russian economic control, and further squeezed by Russia's...

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