National Geographic : 1957 Mar
Crust of Bread and Box of Crayons + Banish Fear from a Refugee's Eyes Just arrived from stricken Hungary, 5-year-old Rudolf Szlavi forgets weariness and terror in the refu gee receiving center at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. 387 Newman Bumstead, National Geographic Staff crafts room of Camp Kilmer, where a burly sergeant cared for the tots while officials checked lists and filled out forms. I found it in little Rudolf Szlavi, who munched bread and pushed a crayon back and forth across a piece of drawing paper. Though I stood beside him, he was far away in the land of fancy. It was as if he had wrapped himself in a cocoon to shut out the horror and stark tragedy through which he had so recently made his way to freedom. Rudolf's name is legion. If he had been born in Tokyo or Bogota, Bombay or Boston - or even Sverdlovsk-he would still have been at peace with the world, his crayon, and the slice of bread.