Andrew Hidi and his fiancé Suzanne had decided to leave Hungary, but not before getting married and honeymooning for one night at the Grand Hotel on Budapest’s Margaret Island. They paid a bribe to schedule a same-day civil ceremony on November 3, 1956, and in front of a few relatives and close friends, they became husband and wife.
Margaret Island is cupped by the Danube River and here, in 1956, newlyweds could closet themselves in 1870s-era elegance, among gardens and medieval ruins. Andrew and Suzanne checked into the Grand Hotel, planning to leave Hungary the next day. But during the night, Soviet tanks rolled back into Budapest. On Sunday, November 4, the bridges to the mainland were closed and Andrew and Suzanne were marooned on the island, one day too late out of Hungary.