When the Danube Ran Red

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Opening with the ominous scene of one young schoolgirl whispering an urgent account of Nazi horror to another over birthday cake, Ozsváth’s extraordinary and chilling memoir tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, living under the threat of the Holocaust. The setting is the summer of 1944 in Budapest during the time of the German occupation, when the Jews were confined to ghetto houses but not transported to Auschwitz in boxcars, as was the rest of the Hungarian Jewry living in the countryside. Provided with...
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Overview

Opening with the ominous scene of one young schoolgirl whispering an urgent account of Nazi horror to another over birthday cake, Ozsváth’s extraordinary and chilling memoir tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, living under the threat of the Holocaust. The setting is the summer of 1944 in Budapest during the time of the German occupation, when the Jews were confined to ghetto houses but not transported to Auschwitz in boxcars, as was the rest of the Hungarian Jewry living in the countryside. Provided with food and support by their former nanny, Erzsi, Ozsváth’s family stays in a ghetto house where a group of children play theater, tell stories to one another, invent games to pass time, and wait for liberation.
In the fall of that year, however, things take a turn for the worse. Rounded up under horrific circumstances, forced to go on death marches, and shot on the banks of the Danube by the thousands, the Jews of Budapest are threatened with immediate destruction. Ozsváth and her family survive because of Erzsi’s courage and humanity. Cheating the watching eyes of the murderers, she brings them food and runs with them from house to house under heavy bombardment in the streets.
As a scholar, critic, and translator, Ozsváth has written extensively about Holocaust literature and the Holocaust in Hungary. Now, she records her own history in this clear-eyed, moving account. When the Danube Ran Red combines an exceptional grounding in Hungarian history with the pathos of a survivor and the eloquence of a poet to present a truly singular work.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Exponent
“An indelible account of evil and the various forms it can take, as well as a portrait of profound goodness that few other Jews witnessed -- even in brief encounters -- during that terrible time.”
Jewish Book Council
“Ozsváth has written extensively about Holocaust literature and the Holocaust in Hungary. When the Danube Ran Red combines a grounding in Hungarian history with the pathos of a survivor and the eloquence of a poet.”
Historywire.com
“Best of the University Presses: When the Danube Ran Red”
The Jewish Week
"We listen, and we read, and if the stories are good and true, we incorporate them into our own views of the world. What I've learned from…Zszusi has affected my life ever since."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815609803
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Pages: 171
  • Sales rank: 967,749
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth is the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies and professor of literature and history of ideas at the University of Texas, Dallas. She is the author of several books and an award-winning poetry translator. Her publications include In the Footsteps of Orpheus: The Life and Times of Miklós Radnóti, and Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti (with Fred Turner), and The Iron-Blue Vault: Selected Poems of Atilla Jozsef (with Fred Turner).
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  • Posted October 18, 2010

    Moving and Inspirational!

    Dr. Ozsvath's book combines the perfect blend of memory and fact. She shares her personal story told through the memories, fears, questioning and wonder of a child interwoven with the amazing knowledge and talent of a professor. She teaches and inspires by showing us how she survived by holding on to the beauty of her world found in family, books, music and imagination, even as it was bombarded by the horrors of World War II Budapest.

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