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In that instant we all knew that that flag had to and would become the symbol of our revolution. For just a short moment we forgot that this was a silent march, and we cheered that lady waving the flag in the window. Then I saw Professor Jankovits’s little Topolino parked on the sidewalk. Jancsi Danner, Iván Szabó, and others were writing something, using the roof of the car as if it were a desk. 9 As we arrived at the statue of the Polish general József Bem, its base was already covered with flowers and wreaths of laurels.

He had already started to draw the cross section of some machine element on one of the sliding blackboards. We looked down at him from the tiered, theaterlike gallery. Each chair had its own writing table, which lifted and slid aside to allow one to get in and out of the chair. The tables were carved with initials, with engravings of the names of loved ones and with less mentionable comments made by many generations of students. Mutnyánszky was a remnant of the old pre-Communist school of professors, a born teacher, one who educated generations of engineers, inventors, and even some Nobel Prize winners.

His voice was choked. “Go my sons, go! This is not a day for mechanics. You have a higher duty today. ”3 He left, and we stayed in the lecture hall to hold a brief meeting with the class. We told them about the meeting last night and about the demonstration planned for the afternoon. We also told them that we would march using the same formation we used during military training, which was part of our regular curriculum. That way we would all know the persons who were on our left and right, so no strangers could infiltrate our group and cause trouble.

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