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Monica Porter: The agony and anticipation of waiting for a dream to come true

How long does it take for a dream to die? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Well, I have had a certain dream for 25 years now, and you know what? After a long quarter-century of disappointments, I think I might have to let it go. Which is a real shame, because it’s a wonderful dream. My…

Monica Porter | 23/09/2015

Hungary for Success, by Monica Porter

Four decades ago I read a snippet in a British newspaper which so impressed me that I cut it out and pasted it into my cherished notebook of thought-provoking quotes. It came from a Professor Andre Brousson, whose claim to distinction has unfortunately been obscured by the passage of time. But I still have that…

Monica Porter | 01/08/2015
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‘Changing Names’ by Monica Porter

I recently read the autobiography of nonagenarian movie star Kirk Douglas (it’s his fourth). The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Douglas started life with the name Issur Danielovitch. It had to be Americanised for the sake of his film career. In his book, Douglas remarks that sometimes he still mourns the passing of Issur, the erstwhile identity…

Monica Porter | 14/02/2015
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The Eternal Void: Remembering the Hungarian Holocaust, by Monica Porter

This year has been Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary, the land of my birth.  Seventy years ago, in 1944, the Nazis marched in to accomplish what the Hungarian government had signally failed to do: deport to Auschwitz the country’s approximately 800,000-strong Jewish population. In two short months 437,402 Jews were transported to the death camp,…

Monica Porter | 30/11/2014
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The Hungarian Uprising: Writer Monica Porter remembers 1956

Each year on 23 October, the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, groups of Hungarians meet to commemorate the historic episode, wherever they are, whether in Hungary itself or amongst the global diaspora. For my compatriots, 1956 symbolises everything of national significance – the yearning for independence, the fight against tyranny, the…

Monica Porter | 26/10/2014