Through an American Lens, Hungary, 1938: Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White. Kadar Lynn's recently discovered a treasure trove of mostly unpublished photographs taken during the artist's month-long trip to Hungary in 1938 by Life Magazine's most renowned photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White. The photographs not only furnish us with a look at pre-WWII Hungary and its people, but because Bourke-White took unsentimental portraits of the major political figures in Hungary, from the far right to the far left, Communists, Fascists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Smallholders, as well as the primary government officials, it provides us with an insight into these individuals and history provides us with the consequences of their actions.
The celebrated photojournalist shot riveting portraits of Hungary's full political leadership right before the outbreak of war. From photos of Admiral Nicolas Horthy to Ferenc Szálasi, these images reveal Bourke-White's skills as a master portraitist and the implied thoughts and attitudes of Hungary's leaders as they faced a monumental juncture in history.
This volume enriches Bourke-White's photos with contextualizing essays by prominent historian Károly Szerencsés, speculating on Bourke-White's impressions as she visited Hungary for the first time. Her work speaks to the sadness, treachery, inevitability, and disappointment felt by a nation on the brink of war. A short biography and a brief history of modern Hungary round out the volume.
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Katalin Kadar Lynn is a historian specializing in research relating to the United States, Central and East Europe during World War II, and the Cold War. She also serves as trustee of the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society of New York City.
Károly Szerencsés is an associate professor in the New and Contemporary Hungarian History Department, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
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Who is Katalin Kádár
Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn is an AHF Kovats Circle member. She was born in Budapest of Hungarian parentage and emigrated with her family
to Germany at the end of WWII and then came to the US as part of the Displaced
Persons immigration program. She was educated in the United States (BA
from the University of Colorado and an MLA from Washington University
in St. Louis, MO). After a long career in the world of business, including
a stint as a business professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles,
MO, she returned to graduate school to obtain a PhD at ELTE in Budapest which she received with honors.
Her area of specialization is 20th century history, with an emphasis on
WWII, the Cold War, United States – East European political relations
and Émigré Political Movements. Since she returned to graduate
school to pursue her doctorate she had several research papers published
both here and in Hungary. Her dissertation topic was “Tibor Eckhardt
his American Years 1941-1972” published
by L’Harmattan Press, Paris and Budapest in Hungarian
and in English by East European Monographs, Boulder and distributed by
Columbia University Press. The Introduction to her book on Tibor Eckhardt
with personal reminiscences about him, was graciously written by Dr. Otto
von Habsburg, a friend of long standing of Tibor Eckhardt. She also edited
the posthumously published autobiography of Tibor Eckhardt (Tibor Eckhardt
in his own words) published in June 2005 by East European Monographs and
Columbia University Press for which the Introduction was written by the
distinguished, Dr. Ottó Hámos, President of the American
Hungarian Library and Historical Society in New York.
Previously unpublished archival material on Tibor Eckhardt was supplied
to her by his family both in the United States and in Europe and she had
the full cooperation of his son Tibor Eckhardt Jr. in her work.
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