We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Anyway, I don't get the story.
Think Communist=all powerful, Communist= secret police, Communist=neighborhood watch/snitch,Communist=ready to take you away at the slightest hint of dissent, or even without it. [See what happened to loyal Communists in various purges over the years.]. Also note that in these societies, people would be proud to proclaim they were Communists, as it showed they were in a position of power. From the civil engineer's experience, those who were Communist would not try to hide that affiliation. It wasn't like being in front of the HUAC.
I knew some people in the US who had experienced Stalin's regime, and were fortunate to get out during the chaos of WW2. One had experienced Stalin's takeover of Estonia when she was a child. The other had grown up in the Ukraine. They were very reticent, very quiet, very reluctant to express their opinions. They wanted to fade into the background. They had brought from living under Stalin a fear that always was in the background. As the last line says: Not paranoid, just trained by the commies to distrust.
Read Solzhenytsin [sp], either his fiction or his Gulag volumes. That will give you a flavor.
Welcome to the world. You must be a graduate of the wonderful feel good revisionist history that is taught in our schools these days. Visit this site often and you will be surprised at what you will learn. I hope you do not take this as a put down. That is not how I mean it.
I remember reading a very disturbing interview in American Legion magazine in . . . the 70s? About how the commies kept priest distrustful of penitent, parent distrustful of child, teacher fearful of the student. . . .
As someone who also grew up in Bucharest (not Budapest) I will add my two cents worth. In my opinion this guy is a paranoiac. He is now a free individual living in a free country, why would he be afraid or even reluctant to meet a Commie or a non-Christian ??? Of course you couldn't be too careful in Communist Romania as to who the people you met worked for. But in US ??? To meet a Commie here is an excellent opportunity to make him/her squirm and I always enjoy these occasions tremendously. But to start from a non-trusting position when you meet a stranger is only a Gestapo or indeed a Securitate 'professional' trait.