New Release: Comrade Baron
In the darkness of the early morning of 3 March 1949, practically all of the Transylvanian aristocracy were arrested in their beds and loaded into lorries. That same day the Romanian Workers’ Party was pleased to announce the successful deportation and dispossession of all large landowners. Communism demanded the destruction of these ultimate class enemies. Under the terror of Gheorghiu-Dej and later Ceaușescu the aristocracy led a double life: during the day they worked in quarries, steelworks and carpenters’ yards; in the evening they secretly gathered and maintained the rituals of an older world.
To record this unknown episode of recent history, Jaap Scholten travelled extensively in Romania and Hungary and sought out the few remaining aristocrats who experienced the night of 3 March 1949. He spoke to people who survived the Romanian Gulag and met the youngest generation of the once distinguished aristocracy to talk about the restitution of assets and about the future. How is it possible to rebuild anything in a country that finds itself in a moral vacuum?
“An extraordinary, passionate
and important work”
- Jury, Libris History Prize
- Shortlisted for the Bob den Uyl
Prize for best travel book 2011
- Winner of the Libris History Prize 2011
“This is a classic in the lines of Patrick Leigh Fermor”
Norman Stone, professor of modern history, Oxford
“Combining a warm heart with the tenacious pursuit of truth, Jaap Scholten restores to vivid life the world of the Transylvanian aristocracy from its glory days to its tragic finale. Scholten thereby captures a missing piece of history and provides the reader with a gripping journey through a lost world.”
Kati Marton, author and award winning former ABC News correspondent.
“I have enjoyed this book so much - such a great tale, with brilliant original research and source material, and so many stories, tragic, humiliating, painful, yet all engrossing and highly readable.”
Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3 presenter and journalist
Jaap Scholten, (Enschede, 1963) studied Industrial Design at the Technical University in Delft, Graphic Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam (BA), and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest (MA). He has published seven books: collections of short stories and three novels. His novel, De wet van Spengler (Atlas Contact, 2008), was chosen “novel of the year” in the Netherlands. His latest book, Kameraad Baron (AtlasContact, 2010) is the winner of the Libris History Prize 2011. His novels and short stories are translated into German, French, Hungarian, Croatian. In 2011 Scholten created and presented a six-part television series for the VPRO about hidden worlds in Central and Eastern Europe. He has lived in Budapest since 2003. The English edition of Comrade Baron will be released by Helena History Press on May 1, 2016 and distributed worldwide through Central European University Press.
Judith Kesserű Némethy Introduces 21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania
July 9, 2015
Judith Kesserű Némethy introducing the volume she edited titled 21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania at the 40th Annual American Hungarian Educators Association conference which for the first time was held in Kolozsvár, (Cluj) Romania. www.ahea.net
21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania
Book Signing in Budapest Honoring Holocaust Hero, Colonel Ferenc Koszorús
March 10, 2015
On March 10, 2015, a book signing and reception introducing the Hungarian edition of a volume in memory of Colonel Koszorús (“Páncélosokkal az életért: Koszorús Ferenc a Holokauszt hőse”), took place in Budapest at the Hungarian Museum of Military History. In July of 1944 Colonel Koszorús volunteered to lead his Hungarian First Armored Division against the gendarmerie who were responsible for the Jewish deportations. His heroic and bold action prevented the deportation of approximately 250,000 Jews from Budapest to certain death to Nazi German camps. The Hungarian edition was edited by Zsuzsa Hantó and Nora Szeker, the upcoming English edition will be edited by Géza Jeszenszky. The English edition of this volume will be published by Helena History Press LLC in the fall of 2015. Called “one of the great heroes of the Hungarian holocaust” by US Congressman Tom Lantos (deceased) this volume about Koszorús is worthy of attention to all scholars who deal with the history of WWII and it’s aftermath.
Author, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, awarded by PAHA
January 2, 2015
The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) began with the Award Ceremony and Dinner Reception at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, on January 2, 2015. Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, author of the upcoming book The Assembly of Captive European Nations in American Cold War Politics, was given the Oskar Halecki Award. The Oskar Halecki Award “recognizes an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States” and was presented to Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz of the University of Gdansk, Poland. Link to PAHA >