A Conversation with Kati Marton

A Conversation with Kati Marton
Hungarian Cultural Center
7:30 PM

2009 saw the release of Kati Marton’s celebrated memoir Enemies of the People: My Family\'s Journey to America. In this true-life thriller, Kati Marton drew on her skill as an investigative reporter to uncover the story of her journalist parents—how they survived the Nazis in Hungary and imprisonment by the Soviets during the Cold War.

On May 24, Ms. Marton will be joined by two notable Hungarian-Americans—author Evi Blaikie and physician Ivan Bodis-Wollner—who take on the dual role of interviewer for this very unique conversation.


Kati Marton, an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent, is the author of Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, a New York Times bestseller, as well as Wallenberg, The Polk Conspiracy, A Death in Jerusalem, The Great Escape, and a novel, An American Woman. Mother of a son and a daughter, she lives in New York with her husband, Richard Holbrooke.

Evi Blaikie(ne้ Weisz) was born in Paris to Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents less than a year before the outbreak of World War II. After the Germans overran Paris in 1940, her father Hermann, a member of the Communist party, went underground. Soon after, her mother, Magda was caught in a raid and sent to a slave labor camp. She spent much of the war in hiding in Hungary. Evi Blaikie attended the University of Vienna, Austria, were she studied languages. In 1960, she decided to leave Europe and accepted an invitation from her uncle to work for him in Caracas, Venezuela. From there she immigrated to the United States and married into a politically active Irish Catholic family. Evi studied fashion design and worked on New York\'s Seventh Avenue for twenty-five years. Her childhood memoirs are recounted in the book Magda\'s Daughter: A Hidden Child\'s Journey Home.

Ivan Bodis-Wollner, MD DSc was born in Szeged, Hungary and left in 1956. He spent 1968-1971 studying Physiology at Cambridge University and Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University (UK). Mr. Bodis-Wollner completed his internship and neurology residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY where he spent 25 years, including tenured professorship in Neurology and Co-directorship of the Parkinson Disease and Related Disorders Center. He is currently Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical School. Ivan Bodis-Wollner has earned many honors, is president of the International Society for Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience and has edited/co-edited six books.

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