In the Hour of Fate and Danger
In the Hour of Fate and Danger
By Ferenc Andai
Ferenc Andai is one of approximately 6,000 Jewish Hungarian men conscripted to work as forced labourers in the copper mines of Bor, Serbia, between 1943 and 1944. Subject to the whims of cruel Hungarian commanders and German overseers, the men are forced to work to exhaustion while they subsist on a starvation diet. For nineteen-year-old Ferenc Andai, the only relief from his harsh reality is his company — an artistic and literary circle of men that includes the inspirational poet Miklós Radnóti. When the men are suddenly notified that they’ll be going home, chaos ensues as the group is split and sent in different directions. Will a farewell to his mentors, among them the famed poet, lead to his liberation or his demise? As a fierce battle for power between collaborationists and partisans rages on, Ferenc must make a decision that will determine whether he lives or dies.
About the Author
Ferenc Andai (1925–2013) was born in Budapest, Hungary. He arrived in Canada in 1957, where he obtained an MA in Slavic Studies from the Université de Montréal and a teaching diploma from McGill University. He also earned his PhD in history (summa cum laude) from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Ferenc taught history at Selwyn House School in Montreal and then became the head of the social science department at Pontiac High School in Shawville, Quebec, from 1968 until his retirement in 1994. His book Mint tanu szólni: bori történet (To Bear Witness: A Story of Bor) was published by Ab Ovo in 2003 and awarded the Radnóti Miklós National Prize in 2004. Ferenc Andai was a member of the International Association of Hungarian Studies and the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada.
Release: January 14, 2020
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