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February 15, 2010 (REVISED February 17, 2010)

Ronald Florence to Discuss New Book On Hungary’s Jews during World War II

In March 1944, the German army invaded Hungary, the home of 850,000 Jews—the last intact Jewish population in Europe. The Jewish Rescue Committee in Budapest, which had helped individual Jews from Poland and Slovakia reach the relative safety of Hungary, suddenly faced the challenge of protecting the Jews of Hungary from the Nazi death camps. The little-known story of one man’s attempt to save the Jews of Hungary is the subject of a new book titled "Emissary of the Doomed: Bargaining for Lives in the Holocaust" by Ronald Florence.

The author will discuss his book at the Library of Congress at noon on Monday, March 8 in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The free, public event is sponsored by the European Division and the Library of Congress Hebrew Language Table.

Florence is a historian and novelist. He is the author of nine previous books, including "Lawrence and Aaronsohn," "The Gypsy Man," "The Perfect Machine" and "Blood Libel: The Damascus Affair of 1840." He lives in Providence, R.I.

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PR 10-020
02/15/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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