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TWO OF A KIND

After World War II, a Hungarian refugee was standing aboard a transport ship in the fog, wondering where he was. After several days of steady travel, the ship had stopped. Had the Russian communists found them?

When the fog lifted, the Statue of Liberty emerged, and 16-year-old George Hoenig cried with relief.

To this day, Hoenig tears up when he relates that joyous escape to freedom. He credits these United States of America with not only saving him and his parents from the horrors of post-World War II communist Europe, but also of giving him the opportunity to pursue his dreams, to become what he wanted to become—and not what some government wanted him to become—a gunsmith. A gunmaker. A master gunmaker.

THE DREAM TAKES SHAPE

Young Hoenig wasted no

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