Shadow of Holocaust left behind for life in Sydney
After the war, Lenart began his studies in engineering and made his way to Budapest to live with his uncle. Tragically two weeks after he arrived his uncle was murdered.
At this time he discovered that Marika had survived the war and was living in Budapest. He looked her up and the two reconnected and love blossomed. On Christmas Eve 1955 they were married at the registry office and moved into their own apartment. Once again he saw the writing on the wall. In 1956 the borders were opened by the Revolution which gave them a chance to escape from Hungary.
In the middle of the night they packed two small bags and fled, first by train and then by foot with a paid guide. Marika was taken first to the border, followed by Gyuri a little while later. In Austria they were taken to a cinema, the only space free for the large numbers of refugees, and Gyuri again, with charm and ingenuity, paid someone with his Swiss watch so they could be escorted to Vienna.
Once in Vienna they were finally free to live, unburdened and young, and enjoyed every moment they could. However, part of their extended family already lived in Australia, and for family unification pushed Gyuri and Marika to come to Australia. They relented, wanting to connect with family and Gyuri and Marika arrived in 1950s Australia but missed their lives back home.
Gyuri had a job before he landed on Australian soil. While in Vienna he was sent a copy of The Sydney Morning Herald and he applied for an engineering position at Simon Carves. Gyuri was a loyal employee and remained with the same company until retirement. He was a skilled mechanical engineer but also taught himself computer systems and programming. He introduced management information systems into the company and became their IT guru. He was a dedicated worker who was creative, innovative and always looking for new challenges and overcoming them.
At the same time he was building his corporate career, so too was Marika. A qualified economist, she established a business of her own in market research.
They spent a lifetime together creating their family and establishing their lives in Sydney. They maintained strong connections with friends in Hungary, and delighted in connecting with them to enjoy the culture, language and food they missed.
They became parents to Judy and then Jacquie. He was a loyal, devoted, father and eventually grandfather to Michael, David and Oliver.
When he retired he set about to enjoy his new freedom. He met his friends over coffee for weekly catch-ups on all the news of their lives and the world. He also joined the Lowy Institute and the Sydney Institute where he attended lectures and continued to engage his active mind. He was well-read, reading two or three books a week in addition to his beloved Sydney Morning Herald, read daily from cover to cover for nearly 63 years!
He was independent, active and engaged with the world, driving, meeting friends and fully participating in life until a fall set him back at the beginning of 2019.
He is survived by Marika, Judy and Tom, Jacquie and Rick, and grandchildren, Michael, David and Oliver.
The Lenart family