A continuation of the last part, in which Leslie and his friends had just barely escaped with their lives by fleeing through a train tunnel.
I Immediately Fell in Love with Munich
Tutzing/Munich -- Colourful signs, clean air, and cold drinks. As Leslie Mandoki arrives in Munich in the summer of 1975 from Hungary, he thinks he is in paradise. "I was thrilled, and immediately in love with the city."
Fascinated, he stays with his friends Laszlo Bencker and Gabor Csupo outside City Hall for half an hour at a tram stop. "There was a road map, that we did not know," says the musician. "And that was mistaken for us. The tram actually went to this plan." (Trans: Not sure what he's saying here.)
The trio goes to the Hungarian mission in Bogenhausen. "My uncle was the boss there and I was hoping he would take us in for a few days," says Mandoki. "But because of our long hair, he has us kicked out. Until his death, I never forgave him."
The young men sit at a loss in the Marienplatz to get help from strangers. "This has touched me deeply in my heart." Nevertheless, the musicians go on. "We wanted to get to Sweden, then America." But in Denmark they are picked up by police and sent back to Germany.
Mandoki ends up in a refugee camp in Zirndorf. For three weeks, every day for twelve hours he learns German and reads books, and integrates quickly in his new home. "I would have been stupid, not to open this rich new culture."
He rose from first appearances in hotel bars to large concerts in clubs, to being a very sought-after studio musician. Finally, he became a member of "Dschinghis Khan." Mandoki later produced Phil Collins, Lionel Ritchie, and the No Angels, and works closely with friends Peter Maffay and Thomas Gottschalk. He is internationally successful, playing with Star-Geiger David Garrett and trumpeter Till Bronner in China and the United States.
Moreover, the percussionist gathered in his "Soul Mates" rock stars such as Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), and Toto singer Bobby Kimball around. Mandoki has now released the CD "Thank You!" "I would like to thank Germany and Bavaria, for the warmth and cordiality which was shown to me. The pre-Christmas theme song is my love song to the country where I have to thank 35 years so much."