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“It is a beautiful love story, charting her parents’ devotion in one of history’s darkest hours.” -Arianna Huffington
Marianne Szedy-Maszak’s parents, Hanna and Aladar, 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. But when war broke out, Marianne’s parents were forced into hiding and the family had to turn over their vast holdings, in exchange for their safe passage to Portugal.
Framed by a cache of letters written between 1940 and 1947, Marianne’s family memoir, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times, tells the story, at once intimate and epic, of the complicated relationship Hungary had with its Jewish population. 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.