For the Children – Cold War Escape Story
For the Children is a memoir that tells the story of my family's escape from Hungary and immigration to Canada in 1956. It is a gripping tale of bravery and the will to survive told from the viewpoint of a seven year old. During the Revolution in 1956, my parents brave three perilous escape attempts, capture, imprisonment and the risk of death in their search and struggle for freedom and a better life. It tells of the unrelenting drive of a mother to provide the best for her children, and the wonder and difficulties inherent in starting a life in a new country. The story is particularly relevant today when immigration everywhere is being viewed as a negative force, and a resurgent post-Communist Russia is causing problems in neighboring countries. For the Children was conceived as the first in a trilogy of memoirs: all three intended books are true stories of escape attempts I was involved in during the Cold War.
About Geza Tatrallyay (San Francisco, California Author)
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending The University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972, after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan. Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an epée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has been managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and acting on a few boards and investment committees, as well as devoting himself to his family and his writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary and, a green card holder, currently divides his time between San Francisco, and Barnard, Vermont.
Geza is a prolific writer and has produced thrillers, memoirs and collections of poetry.