Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Print Length: 400 pages
While she was growing up, Marianne Szegedy-Maszak was surrounded by relatives who escaped from Hungary at the end of World War II. Yet, she only learned her family’s history after her parents died.
At the start of the war, Szegedy-Maszak’s father, Aladar, was a well-regarded diplomat for the Hungarian government while her mother, Hanna, was a member of a wealthy Jewish family. When Hungary aligned with Nazi Germany and began implementing antisemitic polices, Hanna’s grandfather, Manfred Weiss, negotiated a controversial deal. In return for turning over the family’s vast manufacturing plants to Nazi officials, they were granted safe passage to Portugal,
By compiling the diaries, memoirs and letters her family members saved, Szegedy-Maszak recreated their harrowing escape and how the family survived after the war. In addition to offering a compelling personal account of resilience and survival, Szegedy-Maszak provides an insider’s perspective on the fight to preserve Hungary’s democracy at the end of World War II.
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