National Geographic : 1957 Mar
431 Homeless Hungarians in Vienna Queue Up for Lunch at the Red Cross Canteen While most wives and children stayed in camps near by, the men came to Vienna to register at the ICEM building, next to a Red Cross lunchroom set up for refugees in a municipal lecture hall. ICEM, founded in 1951, is the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration; twenty-seven non-Communist nations support it. Austria accepts all Hungarians who wish to stay; the Committee helps to resettle the others. On corridor walls of the ICEM building I saw long lists of those who had escaped. Scribbled messages appeared opposite some names. "I am well, and in the Traiskirchen camp," one man had penciled. A printed notice read, "Dear Hungarians: the world knows what you have lived through. Public and private agencies are turning night into day to help you. More of your countrymen are coming daily. Be patient .... " What impressed me most about this crowd was indeed its patience, and politeness. A single policeman (center, right) seemed enough to keep order. I noticed, too, the Hungarians' shoes, with doubly thick soles. After a few days in the damp cold of central Europe, I could feel the need for such footwear.