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Member of Knesset Dr. Yuri Shtern

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Knesset Member Dr. Yuri Shtern

Internal Affairs Committee

& Christian Allies Caucus

My Dear Friends,

In recent days, my health has deteriorated. I ask that you pray for me during these
difficult times.

I strongly believe in the power of prayer. If we join together in these coming days and
months, I know that He will hear us and spread over us the shelter of the shadow of his

Yours Faithfully,

Member of Knesset Dr. Yuri Shtern

From Member of Knesset Dr. Yuri Shtern

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


October 24, 2006 at 3:51 am | Posted in Books, History, Judaica, Literary, Zionism | Leave a comment






The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World

by Kati Marton

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Noted journalist and bestselling author Marton (Hidden Power) offers a haunting tale of the wartime Hungarian diaspora.
The nine illustrious Hungarians she profiles were all “double outsiders,” for,
as well as being natives of a “small, linguistically impenetrable, landlocked
country,” they were all Jews. Fleeing fascism and
anti-Semitism for the New World, each experienced insecurity, isolation and a sense of
perpetual exile. Yet all achieved world fame. The scientists
Leo Szilard, Edward Teller and Eugene Wigner, along
with game theorist and computer pioneer, John von Neuman, spurred Albert Einstein to
persuade Franklin Roosevelt to develop the atomic bomb. Robert Capa
and Andre Kertesz
became legendary photojournalists. Alexander
was the savior of the British film industry, and Michael
directed Casablanca. Arthur Koestler
penned the monumental anti-Communist novel Darkness at Noon. Marton intricately
charts each man’s career in the context of WWII and Cold War history. Herself
Hungarian-born, the daughter of journalists who escaped Soviet-occupied Hungary in 1957,
Marton captures her fellow Hungarians’ nostalgia for prewar Budapest, evoking its
flamboyant cafes, its trams, boulevards and cosmopolitan Jewish community. Marton writes
beautifully, balancing sharply defined character studies of each man with insights into
their shared cultural traits and uprootedness. 16 pages of photos, map. (Nov.)


Kati Marton’s
wonderful book celebrates what is glorious and eternal in the human condition.”

— Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Humanities, Boston University

“Just when you thought you’d heard all the stories about World War II, along comes
The Great Escape, a great read and a long overdue account of the remarkable lives
of a small band of greatly gifted Hungarians who made profoundly important contributions
to the American effort.
Kati Marton tells this astonishing story with grace and passion, a sharp eye for the telling
detail and the broad sweep of history.”

— Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation

Kati Marton captures
beautifully the genius and flair, as well as the insecurity and essential loneliness, of nine brilliant Jewish refugees from Hungary. Not only is this great
biography, it gives a touching insight into human nature and the wellsprings of creative

— Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin

“Hungarians, those men from Mars, escaped west in the years before World War II
and gave us great scientists, filmmakers, photographers, and engineers. Kati Marton’s
lively, engaging group portrait recovers for us the lives and work of the extraordinary
men who invented Hollywood and the atomic bomb.”

— Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

“In this insightful, moving, and deftly researched book, Kati Marton writes about
nine Hungarians whose experiences are a prism through which we can see the quest and
ultimate triumph of humanity seeking the right to dream and the freedom to create.”

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0743261151

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