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Posted on 11/25/2004 12:16:30 PM PST by Destro
The Soros Family's Dance around Death
Masquerade: Dancing around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary
Edited and translated from the Esperanto by Humphrey Tonkin
Forewords by Paul and George Soros Arcade Publishing
by Diana Simonds
Noted financier and philanthropist George Soros was a 13-year-old living in Budapest, Hungary, when the Nazis occupied the city in March 1944. Soros, a Jew, escaped death by assuming a new identity and disappearing from sight for the remainder of World War II. The story of the survival of the Soros family is told in Masquerade: Dancing around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary, a newly published, gripping account-an account that had gone largely unnoticed-written over 35 years ago in Esperanto by George's father, Tivadar Soros (1894-1968).
Now, Humphrey Tonkin, president emeritus of the University and currently University Professor of the Humanities, has translated the story into English, together with an account of the historical background and extensive notes. George Soros, who turned 71 in August, writes in the book's foreword, "I cannot be objective about this book. It deals with the formative period of my life, and it is written by my father who was the most important figure in my life at that time."
Among the passengers on the first train bringing top Nazi officials to Budapest was Adolf Eichmann, charged with applying the Final Solution in Hungary. Hungary's Jews until then had largely escaped the Nazis' clutches.
Tivadar Soros, whose survival skills had been honed as a prisoner of war in Siberia during World War I, concluded that the best way to avoid Eichmann and his accomplices was simply to disappear. As an attorney, he had access to legal papers, and he located contacts who were able to forge documents for him and his wife, Elizabeth; his sons, George and Paul; his mother-in-law; and many friends and clients. With new, Christian identities, they scattered and disappeared. George was lodged with a sympathetic Hungarian government official; his elder brother, Paul, rented a room elsewhere in Budapest. Elizabeth left for the country, and Tivadar took up residence in a secret room in an apartment building that, in happier days, he had owned.
Tivadar describes the harrowing final months before the arrival of the liberating but ill-disciplined Russians, when gangs of Fascist thugs roamed Budapest, Russian planes strafed the streets, and the retreating Nazis organized death marches to herd the remaining Jews toward the Austrian border. While estimates vary, by the end of the war, well over half a million Hungarian Jews had lost their lives. Perhaps 130,000 Jews, the Soros family among them, survived.
Before writing his memoir of the Nazi occupation, Tivadar Soros had long been literate in Esperanto, an international language created in the late 19th century and spoken today by a million or more enthusiasts. His interest began when he was an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I. Captured by the Russians, Tivadar escaped from prison camp and trekked through the Siberian mountains, making his way to Moscow in the chaotic aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Here, he helped to establish the Soviet Esperanto Union. He later returned to Budapest, where he and two friends launched an Esperanto literary magazine and he published a memoir of World War I in Esperanto. After the end of World War II, Tivadar and George attended the 1947 World Esperanto Congress in Switzerland as part of the Hungarian delegation.
Tivadar fled Budapest in 1956, at the time of the failed Hungarian Revolution against the Communists, and emigrated to the United States. In 1965 he published an account of his World
War II experiences through a small Spanish publishing house specializing in books in Esperanto. Long out of print, the book was translated into English by Tonkin at the urging of the Soros family, particularly Flora Fraser, Paul Soros's daughter-in-law. She is a noted historian whose account of the life of Queen Caroline, George IV's notorious consort, was published in 1996. Tonkin, a linguistics scholar, knows Esperanto well and has published extensively on its history and background.
George's financial acumen may be traced in part to the ingenuity and risk-taking of his courageous father. His current interest in building democratic institutions in Central and Eastern Europe also has its beginnings in the idealism of Tivadar, who dreamed of a better world in which people would understand one another, perhaps through Esperanto. Tivadar's hope that people would learn to work together for freedom and dignity remained with him until the day he died, despite the agonies of two world wars and the horrors of the Holocaust.
Masquerade: Dancing around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary is published by Arcade Books, New York. The British edition, Maskerado, was released last year. London's Sunday Times carried excerpts on Sept. 24, 2000, and the Scottish publisher Canongate launched the book a week later. The next month, favorable reviews of Maskerado appeared in The Times and Sunday Telegraph. German, Russian, and Hungarian translations are in preparation, and a Turkish translation is out. A new edition of the Esperanto language original, edited by Humphrey Tonkin, was published in June of this year.
Austrian-Hungarian officer father in Siberian POW camp - later a Soviet official and then refugee.
George Soros is hated and feared in the Orthodox Slav world - agree with it or not.
Soros - tried to purchase the presidential election out from under a constitutional republic who's population flat didn't care a wit about his history or hardships, his cash was another story.
George Soros - STFU, your brand of socialism goes only as far as your wallet!
That explains Soro's insanity.
Toxic Esperanto exposure at a young age.
The Ukraine's or America's? :)
LOL, I didn't know I had to pick. :-)
Calling Soros a philanthropist is like calling a rapist a lover. These sleezebag trashed the Thai Baht in 1998, dragging down many of the regions economies in order to convince businesses who wanted to diversify their manufacturing base to instead concentrate on China
You might find this interesting.
Ping to number 3.
I meant to say, isn't it funny to see so many freepers defending the socialist cause in Ukraine?
I don't doubt that, but I think that that hatred extends far beyond the Orthodox/Sav world.
Wasn't it like Indonesia/Singapor?Malasia? My memory is shot.
Curtain falling on stage - no more need for actors like Soros ...
I do know he hates George Bush... both of them.
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