Dr. Thomas Z. Lajos was born in Hungary. He survived the Nazi occupation and the “Soviet liberation of Hungary.” He graduated as an MD in 1956 and worked as a house surgeon in Budapest during the Hungarian Revolution in October 1956. Following the defeat of the uprising by the Soviet troops, he escaped to Austria and settled in Canada and the USA. His postgraduate training in cardiothoracic surgery was completed at St. Louis and Ohio State Universities. He practiced his specialty for over thirty-five years in Buffalo and served as a clinical professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York. He and his family were greatly influenced by the tragic life and final outcome of his uncle. Fifty years after his uncle’s death, when the details surfaced about his fate, Dr. Thomas Lajos decided to record his personal memories in this book in memoriam to his uncle, Dr. Ivan Lajos.