I am the author of a biography about my father’s amazing story of living as a Jewish man in Hungary when the Nazis, and later the communists, seized power. Growing up in affluence, young Ervin Wolf was forced into a labor camp, unaware that his parents were deported to Auschwitz where they were soon killed. In “Not a Real Enemy: The True Story of a Hungarian Jewish Man’s Fight for Freedom,” Ervin relies on his wits and good fortune to escape the Nazis not once, but twice. Once freed, however, he finds life under communism so unbearable he must make the most daring of all escapes in the dead of a winter’s night.
My new publisher’s target date is October 2022. There are many parallels with today’s world, including refugees, racism, antisemitism, 2 wars, pestilence, and a Russian invasion! The little known and poorly understood Hungarian Revolution in 1956 has been compared to the current conflict in Ukraine by some experts.