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“How Could Anyone with a Reasonable Mind Come up with Something Like This?” The War and Hungarian Hospital Trains through the Lens of a Photographer at the Don Bend

From the eastern front of World War II, twelve trains operated by the Red Cross brought home hundreds and thousands of wounded Hungarian soldiers, while at constant exposure to attack. The photos of József Reményi, a first lieutenant from Szabolcs County serving at the commissary, provide a rare insight into the little-known world of hospital trains, into the relationship between occupiers and the civilian population, and into the fate of Jews conscripted to forced labor. The war from the perspective of a good-hearted, average man.

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