George Domolky is a Hungarian-born sabre fencer and trained with the Hungarian squad prior to the 1956 Olympics. Escaping Hungary in 1956, he came to the US and studied at Stanford University. While there, he and teammates Dan Magay and Tom Orley won the US Team Sabre National title in 1957.
Several times National finalist, Domolky retired from competition in the early 1960s to focus on his career in finance. While in Hungary as a young man, Domolky was selected to be the model for a ceramic figure of a sabre fencer that was produced by the Herend company in Hungary.
As many times as I’ve mentioned the Halberstadt Scrapbooks on this website over the years, I was shocked to realize that I have not, until now, written a defining story about what they are and (to me, at least) their significance.
Regular readers will be familiar with the many tales told herein of Charles Selberg, himself a graduate of SF State (BA ’57, MA ’60). Selberg had his fencing beginnings at SF State under the tutelage of Erich Funke.
Daniel Magay was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning Hungarian sabre team at the 1956 Melbourne games. Along with many other Hungarian athletes who wished to escape re-occupation of Hungary by the Soviet Union, which happened while the Olympics were underway, he chose to come to the United States on a plane chartered by Sports Illustrated magazine.
The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is perched at the top of swanky Nob Hill. One of the premiere hotels in the city, it opened in 1907 after an extensive refurbishing of the damage done by the 1906 earthquake to the about-to-open Beaux-Arts building. Famed...
Tomas Orley was one of the leaders of the student protests that sparked the Hungarian revolution of 1956 that eventually saw Soviet tanks storm into the country and forcibly return the control of the country to communist hands.
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