Andras Szekely, a Hungarian immigrant and part-time bus driver in Chester County, “leads a life of carefully hidden homelessness” and has a story that would make for a Hollywood movie, writes Caroline O’Halloran for SAVVY Main Line.
Szekely, 68, a talented photographer and the son of Holocaust survivors, left Hungary when he was 19 years old, lived in seven different countries in Europe, settled in Brooklyn, and became an American citizen in 1994.
“I still carry the American flag with me in my car,” he said.
Szekely married an Israeli woman who eventually returned to Israel and took their children with her. When she returned to the U.S., she sued for unpaid child support, which he was paying all along (and has the international money order receipts to prove it). But the judge ruled against him.
“Family court wiped me out,” he said. “I lost everything in life.”
At night, Szekely parks his 2007 Toyota minivan on a quiet street somewhere between Malvern and West Chester, then sleeps on a makeshift bed that stretches from the back of the front headrest to the trunk. He’s been doing that for that last seven years.
Szekely has had a part-time job without benefits for five years. When he’s not working, he focuses on his photography, either taking pictures or working to sell them.
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