The Hungarian Embassy hosted a reading by Helen M. Szablya from her latest book, My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956 on December 5.

Helen M. Szablya, Honorary Consul General of Hungary for WA, OR, and ID, based in Seattle, and Past President of the Washington Press Association, is an award-winning author, columnist, translator, and lecturer.

Her book “My Only Choice 1942-1956 Hungary” is the story of her life interwoven with Hungarian history during both the Nazi and Communist dictatorships. The story is told  through the eyes of the author as she grows up from age 7 to become grown woman and a mother of three.

Péter Hlinka,acting cultural attaché of the Embassy moderated the Q&A session following the reading of selected passages by the author.  

„From the eyes and mind of an innocent but precocious young teen, Helen Szablya, paints a picture of how the inconceivable became reality. Hungary as the playground of tyrants in the 1940's, is depicted in its inability to withstand fascism or communism. A personal account, as engrossing as fiction but true, this book serves the lessons of history irresistibly on a silver tray.” 

Annette Lantos-Tilleman-Dick , Daughter of the late Congressman Tom Lantos