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A Hungarian Artist Goes to War

Painting by Béla Zombory-Moldován

Painting by Béla Zombory-Moldován

He was a twenty-nine-year-old artist who was taking a vacation at Novi Vinodolski on the Croatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea when the world suddenly erupted. He, and all the other young Hungarian men, were called to report to duty. It was almost a hundred years later that Béla Zombory-Moldován’s The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 was translated by his son Peter and published by the New York Review of Books.

Reading of the horrible confusion on Eastern Front in Galicia, where the 31st Royal Hungarian Regiment was battling the Russians in Galicia, I decided to look for some of the painter’s work. Below is a still life from the 1950s:

A Still Life

A Still Life

Perhaps when I have finished Zombory-Moldován’s book, I will write about the young ensign’s experiences in the war. Like the Eastern Front in a later war, it was a campaign marked by confusion and carnage.