Book presentation: Paul Lendvai “Leben eines Grenzgängers”

**Paul Lendvai**, the internationally renowned Eastern Europe specialist and journalist, looks back on a fascinating life in East and West: the years of persecution as a Jewish adolescent in Budapest in the 1940s who narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz, the period when he was forbidden from working and interned as “politically unreliable” in the early 1950s, the story of his escape in 1956 via Prague and Warsaw to Vienna, and his writings under a pseudonym in the first years in Austria so as to protect his mother, who remained in Hungary. ![/sites/default/files/old/2216.jpg:right]("Paul Lendvai" "Paul Lendvai") Lendvai describes his impressive progress to become an internationally renowned journalist and acclaimed Eastern Europe expert, sprinkled with anecdotes about the working day of a political journalist, comments and opinions about Hungary, where he was born, and Austria, where he lives today. History and stories about the politics of these two countries, the defamation campaigns and threats by Hungarian nationalists on account of the no frills analysis in his last book about Hungary, and personal and private revelations are all on the agenda. Free admission _Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse 11 1010 Vienna_