Foreign News: The Vow

Karoli Gundel, owner of Budapest's paprika-proud Gundel's Restaurant, took it hard when his son Ferenc was captured by the Russians. He vowed not to shave until his son returned, and in time the restaurateur acquired a flowing beard which became a familiar sight to Budapest's postwar gourmets. Then, upon intervention of Hungary's Communist Party, Moscow began releasing Hungarian P.W.s as a good-will gesture similar to the one made toward Austria (see below). Last week, Ferenc came home. There was an affectionate reunion. Twenty minutes later, the older Gundel appeared, practically unrecognizable, clean-shaven down to a small, neatly trimmed mustache.


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