Sun 22 February 2009, The Sunday Telegraph

Nora Kovach

Nora Kovach, who died on January 18 aged 77 in Miami, was the first Eastern bloc ballerina to defect to the West, causing a sensation on both sides of the Iron Curtain in 1953, only weeks after Stalin's death; she and her husband, Istvan Rabovsky, were Hungary's most celebrated ballet stars when they walked into the underground in East Berlin and rode it into the British sector of West Berlin.
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