Hungary 1956 / Ukraine 2024 – the Cold War Revisited

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Geza Tatrallyay

Geza Tatrallyay will talk about his experiences of the Cold War, including his own family’s escape from Hungary during the 1956 Revolution and his efforts to help others defect at Expo 70 in Japan and at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. He will reference his three memoirs about these events and relate these experiences to what is happening now in Ukraine and the other countries of the former Soviet Empire.

After escaping from Hungary, Geza grew up in Toronto, attended Harvard (BA) followed by Oxford (BA/MA) as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, and completed his studies at London School of Economics and Politics (MSc). Geza was a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo70 in Osaka, Japan and represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. His professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since semi-retiring in 2004, he has been managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. He has seventeen books published by different publishers in the USA, Canada and India (six thrillers, six poetry collections, three memoirs, a short story collection and a children’s picture story book). Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, and currently divides his time between Barnard, Vermont, and San Francisco.



Watch on YouTube: Geza Tatrallyay’s interview on his memoirs for the Rhodes Scholar Library Series in Oxford–

Geza (Ontario & St Catherine’s 1972) discusses his three memoirs, For the Children, The Expo Affair and The Fencers. All three books in this trilogy of narrative memoirs are true stories of escape attempts Geza was involved in during the Cold War. They are gripping tales of bravery and the will to survive and achieve a better life in a free country and are particularly relevant today with the brutal Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the similar plight of many Ukrainian refugee families.

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