ROME, Italy –
BUDAPEST, Hungary (PRWEB) February 28, 2013 -- Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty (1892-1975) advocated Church freedom and opposed communism and the communist persecution in his country, which led to his own suffering and judgment—given a life sentence in 1949. Granted refuge, (not political asylum), he lived in the U.S. Embassy in Budapest for 15 years, a long period to write a great number of letters and messages to significant people. In Do Not Forget This Small Honest Nation, The Reverend Adam Somorjai and Prof. Zinner offer to their readers a glimpse of the correspondence with presidents of the United States and their secretaries of state.
Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty’s name became a symbol of anticommunism. So, earlier literature focused his interest on this aspect of his life and testimony. Later on, he became famous because of his memoirs published in 1974. During his long stay in the American legation in Budapest, the interest was maintained by various press publications; but the best sources to his mind were his writings, which were not known because they were closed in the diplomatic correspondence of American Foreign Service. This book offers a mere selection of Mindszenty’s correspondence transmitted through diplomatic channels to four US presidents and their secretaries of state that might be called arbitrary. The cardinal, on his own, wanted to give instructions of political interest—how to defend Hungary and Eastern Europe from Soviet Bolshevism. This aspect of his mind was not interesting for the Americans.
“We were motivated solely by the desire to show the Reader the Cardinal as a seismograph of his age, relying on his daily notes, his letters, and the diplomatic correspondence he generated. Although his memoirs, daily notes and most of the letters exchanged by diplomats about him and about the visits of Cardinal König, as well as countless relevant documents of the Holy See have already been published, we wished to show the man, the still unknown three-dimensional character, the aging, frail person,” declare the authors.
In Do Not Forget This Small Honest Nation, The Rev. Somorjai and Prof. Zinner have offered to his readers a story that is both American and Hungarian. They cleverly design an instrument for those who are willing to learn the various problems of Cold War and detente periode, American diplomacy and the thinking of the great cardinal, in his generation hero of freedom for the Hungarians and for the World.
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About the Authors
The Reverend Adam Somorjai, OSB (b. 1952), is a Hungarian Benedictine living in Rome (Italy), worked in various Church Offices, editor of the correspondence of Cardinal Mindszenty with the Popes and Cardinal Secretaries of State of the Vatican.
Prof. Tibor Zinner (b. 1948), legal historian, university professor in Budapest, Hungary’s best-known expert on 20th-century political trials, author of numerous publications, e.g. on Imre Nagy and László Rajk.
Do Not Forget This Small Honest Nation * by Adam Somorjai, OSB and Prof. Tibor Zinner
Cardinal Mindszenty to 4 US Presidents and State Secretaries 1956–1971 as conserved in American Archives and commented by American diplomats
Publication Date: February 11, 2013
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