I Kiss Your Hands Many Times

I really really wanted to like this book The concept is so intriguing a prominent Hungarian family before during and after WWII as well as their emigration to the United States I sat down to read

I really, really wanted to like this book. The concept is so intriguing: a prominent Hungarian family before, during and after WWII as well as their emigration to the United States. I sat down to read expecting an exciting tale of romance and adventure. But, I discovered soon into the first or second chapter that this memoir read much more like a history book. There was such a large amount of information thrown at the reader: dates, names, locations and events, that I felt like I needed to have a notebook by my side to keep track of who did what and when they did it. I tried desperately to find a coherent story line, giving the author all benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it was written so randomly that after six chapters, I gave up and put the book down. I may pick it again at some time and give it another go.Good I Kiss Your Hands Many Times Creat Marianne Szegedy-Maszak are Ebook A magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author s parents together and those that nearly drove them apart Marianne Szegedy Masz k s parents, Hanna and Alad r, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940 He was a rising star in the foreign ministry a vocal anti Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau She wasA magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author s parents together and those that nearly drove them apart Marianne Szegedy Masz k s parents, Hanna and Alad r, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940 He was a rising star in the foreign ministry a vocal anti Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch of an aristocratic Jewish family that owned factories, were patrons of intellectuals and artists, and entertained dignitaries at their baronial estates Though many in the family had converted to Catholicism decades earlier, when the Germans invaded Hungary in March 1944, they were forced into hiding In a secret and controversial deal brokered with Heinrich Himmler, the family turned over their vast holdings in exchange for their safe passage to Portugal Alad r survived Dachau, a fragile and anxious version of himself After nearly two years without contact, he located Hanna and wrote her a letter that warned that he was not the man she d last seen, but he was still in love with her After months of waiting for visas and transit, she finally arrived in a devastated Budapest in December 1945, where at last they were wed Framed by a cache of letters written between 1940 and 1947, Szegedy Masz k s family memoir tells the story, at once intimate and epic, of the complicated relationship Hungary had with its Jewish population the moments of glorious humanism that stood apart from its history of anti Semitism and with the rest of the world She resurrects in riveting detail a lost world of splendor and carefully limns the moral struggles that history exacted from a country and its individuals Praise for I Kiss Your Hands Many Times I Kiss Your Hand Many Times is the sweeping story of Marianne Szegedy Masz k s family in pre and post World War II Europe, capturing the many ways the struggles of that period shaped her family for years to come But most of all it is a beautiful love story, charting her parents devotion in one of history s darkest hours Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, the Huffington Post Media Group In this panoramic and gripping narrative of a vanished world of great wealth and power, Marianne Szegedy Masz k restores an important missing chapter of European, Hungarian, and Holocaust history Kati Marton, author of Paris A Love Story and Enemies of the People My Family s Journey to America. Marianne Szegedy-Maszak Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the I Kiss Your Hands Many Times book, this is one of the most wanted Marianne Szegedy-Maszak author readers around the world. . The best Book I Kiss Your Hands Many Times I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy-Maszák is an exceptionally well-written and beautiful memoir that will easily draw the reader deep into the complex and at times extraordinarily difficult lives of not only her parents; Hanna and Aladár, but Szegedy-Maszák’s family as well as a history lesson woven into this exceptional book. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times is a book to savor and I found myself rereading passages due to the beauty of the writing. My only regret was not having someone to discuss the book with, which is why I highly recommend book discussion groups push I Kiss Your Hands Many Times to the top of their lists.

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  1. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy Masz k is an exceptionally well written and beautiful memoir that will easily draw the reader deep into the complex and at times extraordinarily difficult lives of not only her parents Hanna and Alad r, but Szegedy Masz k s family as well as a history lesson woven into this exceptional book I Kiss Your Hands Many Times is a book to savor and I found myself rereading passages due to the beauty of the writing My only regret was not having someone to [...]


  2. I really, really wanted to like this book The concept is so intriguing a prominent Hungarian family before, during and after WWII as well as their emigration to the United States I sat down to read expecting an exciting tale of romance and adventure But, I discovered soon into the first or second chapter that this memoir read much like a history book There was such a large amount of information thrown at the reader dates, names, locations and events, that I felt like I needed to have a notebook [...]


  3. One of the problems so many family history memoirs suffer from is a lack of framing and contextualization Children or grandchildren find a cache of letters, through them together with some photo inserts, and POOF a book I Kiss Your Hands Many Times, thankfully, does not suffer from this problem The author does an outstanding job of crafting an actual story out of the primary source materials The tale she weaves is captivating and feels fresh compared to the countless other child of survivors boo [...]


  4. I won this book on the GoodReads Giveaway.I loved loved loved this story It is both historic and personal This tale tells of the terrible suffering and miraculous redemption of the human spirit Our will to live, the ever present survival instinct, may lead one to act in ways never imagined Marianne Szegedy Maszak writes a descriptive detailed narrative that tells of personal experiences in wartime, and how the will to live and the ties of family and responsibility continue to give purpose in lif [...]


  5. This exquisitely beautiful book introduces the reader to the tumultuous period of Hungary s occupation by Hitler and illustrates its devastating effects on one family and on the love story that was complicated by its uncertainty and upheaval With passages that read as if they were lifted from a romance novel your presence is the reason the world looks so lovely and others from a gory horror story, the story s poignant dichotomy underscores the all important truth that love conquers all hate, pre [...]


  6. Szegedy Masz k writes about how her parents met and married amongst the turmoil of the Second World War Her parents grew up in Budapest Hanna was born into a wealthy Jewish industrial family Alad r came from a middle class Catholic family, worked for Hungary s foreign ministry and was 13 years older than Hanna This was in 1940 At this time the the Jewish problem was growing in many parts of Europe, including Hungary, making it difficult for a Catholic man and Jewish woman to be romantically invo [...]


  7. I would really give this 4.5 stars as it is close to a classic book on the subject Marianne Szegedy Maszak grew up in a family compound in the United States with a fascinating history that she didn t truly understand until after her parents death This book follows her parents lives in Hungary in the years leading up to and including World War II Her mother was born into an extremely weatlhy Jewish family while her father rose to prominence in the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Office Both families ha [...]


  8. I have been curious to learn about Hungary, its people and history since I lived in Budapest.This is an account of the writer s family history, how they managed to escape persecution as jews in Hungary during 2nd World War, how they suffered and what turned them into the human beings that she met It was quite extraordinaire that she managed to describe her parents not as she knew them, but as she found them to be in the earlier times of their relationship through their letters and testimonies o [...]


  9. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary by Marianne Szegedy Masz k is a well written, engrossing story of the intertwining history of Hungary and her parents ancestors Szegedy Masz k frames the book as the romance of two people, her parents, and the exciting and traumatic events they lived through The author a first generation American of Hungarian immigrants grew up in a house on Patterson Street in Washington D.C surrounded by Hungarian relatives and reminders of a glam [...]


  10. From pre war to German Occupation, to the Russian invasion, to communism, Marianne Szegedy Maszak tells how her family was buffeted by the forces of history in 20th century Hungary.The stage is set with reminiscences of the family home in Washington, DC where letters and clippings were found upon the death of her mother These flesh out the family story she knew as a child far away from the trauma of her parents early lives Her mother s family was one on the wealthiest industrial families in Hung [...]


  11. This was a cut above other Holocaust memoirs It concerned Hungary and an extended Hungarian family, an unusual setting and subject I liked the beautiful love story between the author s parents, amazing since it was true.After her mother died, her father having predeceased her mother, Marianne discovered a cache of letters from her father to her mother written over a period of years A friend who knew Hungarian translated them for her Though Marianne did not have the letters her mother wrote her [...]


  12. What makes this book so remarkable is that it is a work of non fiction It is a true story In Hungary thirty two Jews obtain release to neutral countries, after striking a bargain with the Nazi party.In the late spring of 1944 thirty two family members of a wealthy Jewish family gain freedom from persecution and escape to Portugal and Switzerland After weeks of negotiations, Ferenc Chorin of the Manfred Weiss Company and Csepel Industries buys his family s way out of Hungary by turning the family [...]


  13. I visited Budapest a couple of weeks ago and my guide in the Dohany Synagogue mentioned this book as a very interesting reading It was a portrait of Hungary during WWII seen by the point of view of a wealthy Jewish family I was determined to buy a book about Hungarian history, so, when I saw this book in the bookstore, I decided to buy it I kiss your hands many times is the story of the Marianne Szegedy Maszak s family, since the end of XIX century until the present day Through old letters and n [...]


  14. This is the story of the author s parents, Hanna and Aladar, who met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940 He was a rising star in the foreign ministry, he was anti Facist and anti Nazi, and was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Daschau She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, an industrialist who owned one of the largest factories in Hungary and patriarch of an aristocratic Jewish family Though they converted to Catholicism decades before, in the eyes of the law they w [...]


  15. This was the third historically accurate novel I ve read about Central Europeans in the run up to WWII others were Hare with Amber Eyes and Invisible Bridge Each was heartbreaking in the trust that Jews involved placed in their fatherland, the cruelty of humans to other humans, and the resourcefulness necessary to survive such chaos I Kiss your Hands Many Times was perhaps less elegantly written compared to Hare with Amber Eyes, but the suspense and historical detail was very absorbing.


  16. I enjoyed this book Fascinating story tracing two families Learned a lot about the history of Jews and the coming of the Germans to Hungary in WWII Especially meaningful in light of upcoming trip to Budapest.


  17. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times Hearts, Souls, and Wars in HungaryPoignant and painful beautiful and wrenching Szegedy Maszak takes us through a time and place in a way nobody else could If you are a serious historian, please consider this a must read.When I applied to receive this story as a giveaway, I did so as an historian, conscious of a blind spot in my own education I knew too little of Hungary and its past, apart from that it had become a part of the Soviet block at some point, and then bec [...]


  18. This book is a historical chronicle of the Szegedy Maszak and related families as events surrounding World War 2 extend to Hungary I was absolutely captivated by this true story as related by the author upon discovering her parents love letters after their deaths and having them translated Her mother was a Jewish daughter of a wealthy factory owner, her father a political advisor and leader of Hungary The author relates candidly that growing up solidly middle class after her parents exile to Ame [...]


  19. Gripping account of the fate of two Hungarian families during WW2 and in the years leading up to Hungary falling behind the Iron Curtain The book is very well researched and a great read both for history affectionados and those who fancy a riveting story.


  20. I read this book after reading The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, a first person account of a working class woman s hideous ordeal as a Jew in Romania and Hungary leading up to and during the Holocaust I selected this book because I wanted to learn about why, in The Seamstress, the author distinguished between Romania and Hungary in terms of how Jews were treated Whereas she described Romanian s longstanding and virulent anti Semitism, she portrayed Hungary as a place where Jews were relat [...]


  21. This is a straightforward memoir told within its historical context WWII Hungary The author reveals her unique family history of Jewish and Christian descent how they contributed to the economic and political building of Hungary, survived persecution of their Jewish family members, and tried to save Hungary from German and then Russian political domination It is quite a history.The beginning chapters are a bit tedious Names, family connections, and political figures fill the pages The reader spe [...]


  22. I did like this book and the idea behind it of why it was written But, I must honestly say, that I felt like I was back in school getting a history lesson of the events that took place I understand why the author would want to share certain things, but much of the events that took place, seems like it took away from the story line of the book of her parents meeting, courting then eventually marrying I also understand that she was and should be proud that her parents and several relatives survive [...]


  23. It was a refreshing experience to read a book about Hungary and Hungarianness during the 20th century from the point of view of a Hungarian born in the United States, the daughter and the granddaughter of prestigious Hungarians It is hard to find any other family that had so much influence on the Hungarian economy and politics at the turn of the century that this family had This book is interesting because it comes from an outsider s position meaning that there is a great difference between the [...]


  24. This a terriffic book It is the author s personal and family history she is the daughter of the main subjects, plus a great granddaughter of one of Hungary s most successful industrialists , plus a history of the difficult times when Hungary was in the German orbit, then occupied by Germany as it resisted some of the worse aspects of Nazi demands The book tells the story of a talented diplomat, her father, who ended up in Dachau and her mother, who was part of a family that traded its fortune an [...]


  25. First Reads review This is a solid, well researched, and interesting book It probes an area of World War II that is often overlooked, follows a seemingly star crossed couple, and deals directly with a most interesting situation where a large family with Jewish roots buys its freedom from Nazi occupied Hungary But the book covers than that, beginning with a comfortable pre war Hungary of 1940 and following notable people and events through the nation s slide into Soviet sponsored Communism circa [...]


  26. A very enjoyable and touching blend of family histories mostly the Weiss and Kornfeld families from the author s maternal side of the house as well as her father s activities and his family to a lesser degree combined with the history of Hungary just prior to, during and immediately after World War II The book is a good history of central Europe but the intertwining of the changing family circumstances and fortunes into that period of time gave that history an added impact and poignancy The auth [...]


  27. I Kiss Your Hand ManyTimes is a beautifully written memoir of the author s family during pre and post war World War II It is the story of Hanna and Aladar, the author s parents, their wealth and loss of it, Aladar s rise and fall in Hungarian politics, their separation when Aladar was sent to Dachau and his surviival, their religions Catholic and Jew It is also the story of what happened in Hungary during WWII between the Nazi s and Soviet s and the Hungarian people.Marianne Szegedy Maszak has w [...]


  28. The book s back cover talks of a love affair between the author s parents but what I felt after reading the book was the strength of family, survival and the love the author s father had for his country I Kiss Your Hand Many Times is the story of Aladar and Hanna Szegedy Maszak s life leading up to World War II and following the war The novel is a poignant look at Hungary during such a dark time in history history and what people did to survive For me the affair between Aladar and Hanna was seco [...]


  29. I received this for review in the context of Jewish books, and the family had converted, so there wasn t much Jewish in the book Of course, this did not stop the Nazis from basically stealing the family s business and personal holdings This was also supposed to be the great love story between the author s parents While their devotion to each other survived many challenges including a long separation during World War II and the death of a child, it was quite tame compared to today s too much info [...]


  30. A very interesting memoir that gives great insight into the author s parents lives in wartime World War II Hungary Szegedy Maszak s father, Aladar, was a prominent diplomat who spoke out against Nazism and communism and thus defected to the United States Her mother came from a prominent Jewish Gentile through intermarriage and conversion industrialist family Even if Szegedy Maszak might be a little too generous in her claims e.g that despite Hungary s anti Semitic laws, the Magyar people were no [...]


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