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WRJ Book Club

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 6 Sivan 5784

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMZoom

Thanks for the fine turnout at our last meeting.

Our next meeting will take place on
Wednesday, June 12
at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom

The book under discussion will be
Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler
and Changed the World

by Kati Marton

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“Among the Hungarian Jews who made their way to England and America as Hitler rose to power were four scientists, two filmmakers, two photographers, and a writer. These men, products of the same few Gymnasien and cafes, delivered the Manhattan Project, game theory, and "Casablanca." Marton, who fled Hungary as a child in 1957, illuminates Budapest's vertiginous Golden Age and the darkness that followed (a darkness that some of her subjects, notably Arthur Koestler, never shook). Seeing how abruptly the world could change, the Hungarians didn't doubt that they could change it. They also stuck together; even Leo Szilard, who crusaded against the bombs that he made possible, and Edward Teller, who sold Reagan on missile defense, stayed friends. By looking at these nine lives — salvaged, and crucial — Marton provides a moving measure of how much was lost.”

— The New Yorker

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