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Vanished by the Danube

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York is proud to present Charles Farkas, author of Vanished by the DanubePeace, War, Revolution, and Flight to the West in collaborationwith the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society.
Meet Charles Farkas on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7 pm at the Hungarian House 
213 East 82nd Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York, NY 10028

President Bill Clinton said about this recently published memoir (SUNY Press) “in his story we are reminded that resourcefulness and optimism can prevail even in the face of great struggle.”

Germany's invasion of Hungary in 1944 marked the end of a culture that had dominated Central Europe from the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. In this poignant memoir, Charles Farkas offers a testament to this vanished way of life--its society, morality, personal integrity, wealth, traditions, and chivalry--as well as an eyewitness account of its destruction, begun at the hands of the Nazis and then completed under the heel of Soviet Communism. Farkas' recollections of growing up in Budapest, a city whose grandeur embraced--indeed spanned--the Danube River; his vivid descriptions of everyday life in Hungary before, during, and after World War II; and his ultimate flight to freedom in the United States remind us that behind the larger historical events of the past century are the stories of the individual men and women who endured and, ultimately, survived them.
Charles (Károly) Farkas was born in 1925 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1949, he earned a double doctorate in law and political science from the University of Pázmány Péter. After the failure of the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Farkas fled Hungary for the United States, where he received a Master's in Library Science from Columbia University. He went on to become director of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, where he worked from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. He and his wife Edit live in Chappaqua, New York.
After a discussion moderated by Gergely Romsics, the author will read and sign his book. The event will be followed by a reception. 
The event will be accessible to both Hungarian and English-language speakers.
Suggested $5 donation to support the Library.
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