Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn: Tibor Eckhard in His Own Words, an Autobiography
Tibor Eckhardt was a powerful and influential figure in the political life of Hungary from the end of World War I until 1941 when he emigrated to the United States. Eckhardt's career included personal contact with some of the most controversial and important figures of the first half of the twentieth century, among them, Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Paul Teleki, Edvard Benes, and Winston Churchill. He recounts these first-hand personal meetings and impressions in vivid detail in this autobiography.
A highly personal account by Tibor Eckhardt, one of the founders of the Smallholders Party, the primary leader of the opposition in Hungarian parliament during the during the inter-war period, he wrote it the last few years before his death in 1972. The book details the relationship of the Hungarian government and the west during the critical war years of 1940-1943, but also provides insight regarding the interwar years in material that has not been released before. The book manuscript was discovered by Dr. Kádár Lynn in the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society in New York and published with the permission and cooperation of Dr. Eckhardt's son, Tibor Eckhardt Jr.
The Hungarian Edition was translated by Peter Strausz as "Eckhardt Tibor Visszaemlékezészek 1941-1943." 2008, L'Harmattan, Budapest and Paris.
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Who is Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D.?
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.