Thursday, August 17, 200615:32:06 CET
The Book of Fathers saga now available in English

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One of the most memorable books of Hungarian fiction writer Miklós Vámos has been the "Apák könyve" (Book of Fathers). Since its come out in 2000 the novel has had several editions in Hungary, was translated to German, French and Italian, and now to English, too.

What makes the novel somewhat interesting to family history enthusiasts is that it's a great family saga, spanning through 12 generations and 300 years. The story starts back in the early 18th century, the time of Ferenc Rákóczi's fight for Hungary's independence and leads up to the 20th century, 1999. During the generations family members convert to Judaism, making lives of descendants of difficult eras really suppressed.

Vámos provides the readers with a lesson of Hungarian history. Interesting to note a similar piece of fiction from the same years (1999), the movie Sunshine, directed by István Szabó, featuring Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and other celebs. Sunshine depicts the history of a 20th century Jewish family. (If you allow me a personal note, I don't like Sunshine because I feel it too didactic and its shown history is too much common place.)

The Book of Fathers was published in the UK by Little, Brown, and at the moment not directly available at Amazon.

Its first chapter and description are available on Miklós Vámos' site.

filed under: Jewish research Paragenealogy

Sunday, August 13, 200618:58:16 CET
The first telephone directory of Budapest online

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One of the listers on the Csaladtortenet mailing list posted that the first printed phone directory , dated from 1882 is now available online.

K, before you expect a database of tens of thousands of names, cool down. The directory was printed on a single sheet and contains the numbers for some 200 subscribers. Amongst them are both businesses and individuals.

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