The Kaloz Family *

Siblings Steve (1941), Attila (1943) and Magda (1945) Kaloz grew up together in Tiszaföldvár, Hungary in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They lived in a small town where their father, Istvan was a successful local businessman – until after WWII, when the regime confiscated all the family’s holdings and their business. Their father was taken and tortured by the secret police between 1950 and 1952 and they had Soviet soldiers quartered at their house. On December 9, 1956, the family survived a harrowing escape into Austria. They waited for three years before they were accept¬ed as refugees to the U.S. During that time, Steve, Attila and Magda attended a school for Hungarian refugee children in Iselsberg sponsored by the Queen of Holland. They arrived in the U.S. in late 1959, at the ages of 18, 16 and 14 respectively, and were sponsored by the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, NY. The Kaloz family holds tremendous pride for their Hungarian roots. All three children have had successful careers and families, and they still live very close to one another in Orange County, NY.