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I Kiss Your Hands Many Times - Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

A magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author's parents together and those that nearly drove them apart Marianne Szegedy-Maszák's parents, Hanna and Aladár, 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. Aladár 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-Maszák'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-Maszák'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 bea

A magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author's parents together and those that nearly drove them apart Marianne Szegedy-Maszák's parents, Hanna and Aladár, 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. Aladár 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-Maszák'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-Maszák'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 bea
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A magnificent wartime love story about the forces that brought the author's parents together and those that nearly drove them apart Marianne Szegedy-Maszák's parents, Hanna and Aladár, 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. Aladár 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-Maszák'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-Maszák'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 bea

Language:

English

Length:

14h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:23


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:40


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:32


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:24


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:04


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:55


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:33


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:04


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:49


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:30


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

01:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:25


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:44


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:57


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:53


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:17


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:59


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:19


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:23


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:22


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:58


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:20


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:37


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:59


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:25


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:39


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

00:33