Upcoming personal appearances and readings by Jaap Scholten, author of Comrade Baron, open to the public


London, England

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.  
John Sandoe Booksellers,
10 Blacklands Terrace London, SW 3 2SR

Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Literary (k)nights Series at the Hungarian Cultural Center
Jaap Scholten in a conversation with Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3 presenter
 10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA  
RSVP to bookings@hungary.org.uk

United States

Tuesday, May 17 
Washington D.C. Luncheon hosted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
For details log on to: victimsofcommunism.org/

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
New York City at Hungarian House. Hosted by the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society, the East Central European Institute of Columbia University and the Dutch Culture Program of the Consulate General of New York:
215 East 82nd Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues).
Reception to follow. Suggested donation $10

Saturday, May 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
New York City, Poets House.
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
Hosted by Helena History Press and the Dutch Culture Program of the Consulate General of New York. Reception to follow.

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
University of California at Berkeley
Hosted by the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Heyns Room of the Faculty Club

Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.
Stanford University
hosted by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.  Event details to follow soon. 

We will be represented at the following upcoming conferences:

ASEEES Convention
Washington DC
November 17-20, 2016

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  • Publications

    newComrade Baron

    A Country Adrift

    Jaap Scholten

    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.

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    The War of the Princes: The Bohemian Lands and the Holy Roman Empire 1546-1555

    newThe War of the Princes: The Bohemian Lands and the Holy Roman Empire 1546-1555

    Helena History Press
    Petr Vorel
    274 pages
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    newWhite and Red Umbrella. The Polish American Congress in the Cold War Era (1944-1988)

    White and Red Umbrella. The Polish American Congress in the Cold War Era (1944-1988)

    Joanna Wojdon

    The Polish American Congress was founded in 1944 to counter the Soviet plans to subjugate Poland, and promote the Polish American ethnic group in the United States. This volume presents goals and everyday activities of the Polish American Congress from 1944 to 1988.
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    newStigmatized: A History of Hungary’s Internal Deportations during the Communist Dictatorship
    ( Megbélyegzettek: A kitlelepítések tragédiája)

    Stigmatized: A History of Hungary's Internal Deportations during the Communist Dictatorship

    Kinga Széchenyi
    Interviews translated by
    Katica Avvakumovits
    Including first person interviews
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    newAgents of Liberation: Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film

    Agents of Liberation: Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film Zoltán Kekési
    Translated from the original Hungarian by Reuben Fowkes
    Co-published in cooperation with the Central European University Press

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    new21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

    21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

    Judith Kesserű Némethy: Editor
    Contributors: Noémi Fazakas, Rita Fóris-Ferenczi, Krisztina Sárosi Márdirosz, Orsolya Nádor, Attila Z. Papp, János Péntek, Borbála Zsemlyei
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    Night and Fog: The Collected Dramas and Screenplays of Danilo Kiš

    Night and Fog: The Collected Dramas and Screenplays of Danilo Kiš

    Translated and with an introduction by John K. Cox

    This volume of translations represents the entire dramatic and cinematic ouevre of the Yugoslav writer Danilo Kiš (1935-1989). The seven dramas and screenplays are accompanied by a historical introduction by the translator, John K. Cox, who has also translated two of Kiš’s novels (The Attic and Psalm 44) and a volume of his short stories (The Lute and the Scars).

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    In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise in the Hungarian Art Market, 1800–1914

    In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise in the Hungarian Art Market, 1800–1914

    Jeffrey Taylor

    Taylor provides us with a fascinating history beginning in eighteen-hundred of the art market of Hungary, of the rise of modernism and its conflict with traditional elements. This book is a valuable addition to the history of European art of the 19th century and one which gives us an insight into the commercial aspects of the art marketplace which have not been explored by previous scholars.

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    German War — Russian Peace: The Hungarian Tragedy, The wartime memoir of Hungarian Minister Antal Ullein-Reviczky

    German War — Russian Peace: The Hungarian Tragedy,
          The wartime memoir of Hungarian Minister Antal Ullein-Reviczky

    Translated from the original French by Lovice Maria Ullein-Reviczky
    Introduction by Tibor Frank

    The book contains the wartime memoirs of Antal Ullein-Reviczky, first published in French in 1947 in Switzerland as Guerre allemande, paix russe. Le drame hongrois. This is the first English edition, translated from the French original by Lovice Mária Ullein-Reviczky. His memoir is an invaluable source about Hungary’s fate in World War II. Ullein-Reviczky’s work was based partly on the public and private documents he succeeded in saving throughout the war and his long years of exile in Turkey, Switzerland, France, and Britain where he died. Written by a well-informed insider and a shrewd observer, this book remained essentially unknown in the English-speaking world.

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    The Inauguration of Organized Political Warfare:
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    Cover Organized Political Warfare

    Katalin Kádár Lynn, Editor

    Contributors: Veronika Durin-Hornyik, Tibor Frank, Katalin Kádár Lynn, Maria Kokoncheva, Jonathan H. L’Hommedieu, Anna Mazurkiewicz, Marius Petraru, Francis Raska, Toby Charles Rider

    Each of the essays in this volume focuses on an organization or activity funded through the National Committee for a Free Europe, Inc. (NCFE was known as the Free Europe Committee, Inc. after 5 March 1954) during the war of ideas and ideals in which the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged that came to be known as the Cold War.
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  • Upcoming Releases

    The Assembly of Captive European Nations in American Cold War Politics

    The Assembly of Captive European Nations in American Cold War Politics

    Anna Mazurkiewicz
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    A Country Adrift

    A Country Adrift
    The 1944-1945 wartime diaries of Miksa Fenyő
    Az elsodort ország

    Translated from the original Hungarian by Mario Fenyő

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    The Life of Tibor Eckhardt: Statesman and Spymaster — 1888 - 1972

    Katalin Kádár Lynn

    Being Hungarian in Cleveland: Maintaining Language, Culture and Traditions – 1951-2011

    Endre Szentkiralyi

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New Release: Comrade Baron

Jaap Scholten

Comrade BaronIn 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?

Jaap Scholten

“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.

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Judith Kesserű Némethy Introduces 21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

July 9, 2015

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Judit Nemethy 21 Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

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

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21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania

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Book Signing in Budapest Honoring Holocaust Hero, Colonel Ferenc Koszorús

March 10, 2015

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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.

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Author, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, awarded by PAHA

January 2, 2015

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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 >

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