The Bloodiest Siege in Europe
On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and the hostilities of World War II commenced. Like all of Europe, the Grof family was swept up in the dramatic events that then unfolded. In 1942, when Andy Grove was five years old, his father was conscripted into the Hungarian Army. Since he was Jewish, George Grof was assigned to a battalion that was clearing roads, building fortifications and performing other hard labor on the Russian front. In the spring of 1943, Maria Grof received an official notice that stated George Grof had disappeared, and despite all her best efforts she was unable to find out what had happened to her husband.
When Germany officially annexed Hungary on March 19, 1944, hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were rounded up and shipped to Auschwitz, where they would be murdered in cold blood. Andy and his mother managed to avoid getting shipped off to Auschwitz or any other concentration camp through a savvy combination of luck, friends and street smarts. They would leave Budapest for the countryside whenever any sweeps for Jews were just about to happen and then return later when it was safe. They also endured the Battle of Budapest, which would later be described by historians as one of the bloodiest city sieges of the Second World War in Europe.
A High School Education in Turbulent Times
Due to the War, Andy Grove's early schooling was a bit spasmodic and disjointed. This was not a problem, because he had always earned good grades. Andy did, however, contract scarlet fever, which was treated at that time by having some bone behind his ears chiseled away by doctors. He was hospitalized for six weeks, and then had to stay home for nine months while he was convalescing. Andy Grove's hearing would be permanently affected by this bout of scarlet fever.
"The dangers involved in escaping Hungary were about equal with the dangers of staying. Hungary was a pretty sad place in 1956, and there were strong rumors about people being picked up, people my age, being picked up on the street and herded away and I thought it was a good time to make a run for it. When a friend of mine and I left Budapest, we had no idea what was going to happen near the border. You know, there was no Internet to give you border conditions that day." — Andy Grove 感謝您對大師輕鬆讀的愛護，並且全力支持您合理地使用我們為您精心編製的內容。希望未來可以提供您更方便更友善的服務。