Of the thirteen short stories collected in glücksmacher – e baxt romani six texts were written by Károly Mágó and six by his brother Samuel Mago, who also wrote the introductory prologue ‘glücksmacher’.
The two brothers worked closely together on some of these stories: they inspired as well as motivated each other during the process of writing and held lively discussions, which eventually enabled them to complete this literary project in its multilingual, inter- and transcultural form.
The story ‘der freibrief [The Charter] by Samuel Mago is set in Hungary against the backdrop of World War II. The Romani family Berki – the father, Sandor, is a musician – flees from the increasing bombing raids on Budapest to relatives in the Hungarian province, hoping that the war will soon be history. The fate of the Berkis exemplifies that of countless families who at the time had to grab their belongings and set off into the unknown. Sandor finds a position as first fiddler in a ‘Gypsy’ band that plays at the local inn, until this small village, too, is occupied by the Nazis.
The story also addresses the theme of civic courage among the population. Told by the character of an innkeeper, it tells of those who did not abandon their humanitarian beliefs during this terrible time.