Prague farewell

Heda Margolius Kovály

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Prague farewell A story of the human spirit as its most indomitable one of the outstanding autobiographies of the century San Francisco Chronicle Once in a rare while we read a book that puts the urgencies of our tim

  • Title: Prague farewell
  • Author: Heda Margolius Kovály
  • ISBN: 9780575400863
  • Page: 247
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  • A story of the human spirit as its most indomitable one of the outstanding autobiographies of the century San Francisco Chronicle Once in a rare while we read a book that puts the urgencies of our time and ourselves in perspective, making us confront the darker realities of human nature Mrs Kovaly experienced the two supreme horrors of what Hannah Arendt called A story of the human spirit as its most indomitable one of the outstanding autobiographies of the century San Francisco Chronicle Once in a rare while we read a book that puts the urgencies of our time and ourselves in perspective, making us confront the darker realities of human nature Mrs Kovaly experienced the two supreme horrors of what Hannah Arendt called this terrible century But her book is not just a personal memoir of inhumanity In telling her story simply, without self pity she illuminates some general truths of human behavior Quietly, with cumulative force, it shows us how the totalitarian state feeds on the blindness and the weakness of man Anthony Lewis, The New York Times A wonderfully expressive writer Although her approach is above all personal, Kovaly s reflections on her experiences reveal a high degree of insight into politics, individual and institutional behavior, and the formation of attitudes Christian Science Monitor A Jew in Czechoslovakia under the Nazis, Kovaly spent the war years in the Lodz ghetto and several concentration camps, losing her family and barely surviving herself Returning to Prague at the end of the war, she married an old friend, a bright, enthusiastic young Jewish economist named Rudolf Margolius, who saw the country s only hope for the future in the Communist Party Thereafter, Rudolf became deputy minister for foreign trade For a time, the Margoliuses lived like royalty, albeit reluctantly, but then, in a replay of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, Rudolf and others, mostly of Jewish background, were arrested and hung in the infamous Slansky Trial of 1952 Kovaly s memoir of these years that end with her emigration to the West after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 are a tragic story told with aplomb, humor and tenderness The reader alternately laughs and cries as Kovaly describes her mother being sent to death by Dr Mengele, Czech Communist Party leader Klement Gottwald drunk at a reception, the last sight of her husband, the feverish happiness of the Prague Spring Highly recommended Publishers Weekly

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    1. Nooilforpacifists on said:

      Among the most powerful memoirs ever written, by a Czech Jewish girl snatched to a Polish Concentration camp, who then escapes near the end of the war to her native Prague, joins the Communist party, and marries a senior official in Czechoslovakia's post-coup 1949 Communist government. She lives through circumstances as trying as I've every read (though this is neither a holocaust nor an atrocity book--the violence is kept off-screen). But it's all the more powerful for that reason--a normal per [...]

    2. Geraldine on said:

      I've finished this already - extremely moving. I'm on a bit of a Czech reading kick at the moment following my little trip to Prague and this book brought back to me my love of history - I studied Czech and Polish history as part of my degree. i think anyone would find this book interesting though as a document of 20th century Europe.

    3. Rod on said:

      This was an autobiographical account of her wartime experiences and, as importantly, her experiences in a post-war communist society. This is not a horrific or disturbing book, but it is a very engaging personal account, full of hope.

    4. Lysergius on said:

      Heda survived the the Nazi KZ only to have her husband arrested, tried and executed by the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

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