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”Though his name may not sound all too Magyaresque, Robert Capa could not have forgotten his Hungarian roots even if he had wanted to. Once he reposted to a questioning British general who was reluctant to issue accreditation documents that ”it’s not my fault that I was born in Hungary”.

And born he was in Budapest, as Endre Ernő  Friedmann, in 1913. It was a typical story of the time – an average non-religious Jewish family, a tailor father whose only luxury was a little gambling after work, a worrying Yiddish mama and two brothers. It turned out quite early on that Cápa (i.e. ‘shark’), which was his nickname at school, had high adrenalin levels, since he tended to attract trouble. After graduating from the prestigious Madách Gimnázium he fraternized with “bad company,” getting involved with the leftist avant-garde literary circle of Lajos Kassák. His hotheadedness in participating in anti-government demonstrations lead to his being forced to leave Hungary, only to return twice afterwards.”

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(author: Miklos M Molnar, first published in Time Out Budapest magazine)

Photo credit: Robert Capa, [Capucine, French model and actress, on a balcony, Rome], August 1951. © Robert Capa/International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos