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BITTERSWEET FREEDOM by Judith Bognar Bean

BITTERSWEET FREEDOM

by Judith Bognar Bean

532 pages
A 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighter escaping a death sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter seeking a small bridge shrouded amidst swampy marshland whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called "Freedom."

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About the Book
The author recounts the seven-decade Saga of her 1956 Hungarian Refugee family, as a memoir presented in “Story Form,” with historical perspective.

Jozsef F. Bognar, a renowned musician and Freedom Fighter, with a death sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army, makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter (the author of this book), seeking a small bridge, shrouded amidst swampy marshland, whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called “Freedom.”

With heartrending detail, the author recounts the atrocities suffered by her “child-parents” in World War II Hungary, and the brutality inflicted upon the Hungarian people as the 1956 Revolution shattered their world.

In America, the family faces countless formidable enemies – Ethnic persecution, destitution, communal conflict, and family dissent.

Pure Love is the only power strong enough to carry them through the turbulent tides ebbing away at the foundation of their lives. But is the family’s love powerful enough, strong enough, to sustain them through the bittersweet journey ahead? Only the torrents of time would tell …

In the shadow of today’s turbulent world events of cultural inequity, national rebellion, family discourse, and the omnipresent, magnificent power of Love Everlasting, this True Telling is mesmerizing and inspirational.

 

Reviews
Magnificent drama of human suffering, courage, man’s mortality, and selfless love. Gripping, funny, sad, and galvanizing. Difficult to put down. A lesson inspiring each of us to appreciate every moment of life, and to love one another as if there were no tomorrow. A timeless and stirring work.
- Karolyet Greytonson

 

 

About the Author
Judith Bognar Bean Judith Bognar Bean was born in Budapest, Hungary, two years prior to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Her father, Jozsef F. Bognar, was one of the courageous leaders of that Revolution, rallying thousands of citizens in their revolt against the monstrous Soviet Tyranny engulfing their native land of Hungary. Amidst a barrage of piercing bullets deployed by the inhuman Soviet regime, the author, carried in the arms of her father and mother, survived an arduous escape to the Freedom of the United States. The author lives in North Carolina with her husband Charles, and son, Charlton. Her passions include perpetuating her Hungarian Heritage, campaigning for cultural equity, contributing to diverse charitable organizations, and being "Patriotically American."

 

 

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