I Kiss Your Hand Many Times Book Review

Marianne Szegedy-Maszak has an interesting story to tell.

Her memoir of her parents war time relationship, I Kiss Your Had Many Times: Heart, Souls And Wars in Hungary is one of the most fascinating and different Holocaust stories that has been published.

Her mother’s grandfather, Manfred Weiss, was a Hungarian Jewish industrialist who, in his own time, owned  multiple factories. His family was known as intellectuals and artists who entertained the who’s who of their day. His children and grandchildren were assimilated Jews, several of whom converted to Catholicism. Despite the fact that most of the family were practicing Catholics, they were labeled as Jews by the Nazis. Her father, who survived Dachau, was a diplomat who worked with the Nazis before becoming a vocal Anti-Fascist.

Based up a series of letters written between her parents from 1940 to 1947, this book is a powerful and evocative family memoir in addition to being a unique addition to a very long list of Holocaust related books.

I liked this book. The author is extremely detail oriented, using the first few chapters to introduce the readers to her mother’s very large family. But the book really gets going when the war starts and and the family begins to realize that their recent conversion to Catholicism may not be enough to save them from the concentration camps and the gas chambers.

I recommend this book.




What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander

It’s starting on summer in the Northern Hemisphere. That means that we are exchanging layers of clothing and heavy jackets for t-shirts and shorts.

Lindsey Stocker is an 11th grade high school student from Quebec, Canada. With the school year coming to a close and temperatures warming up, Miss Stocker is starting to wear shorts to school. She and several female classmates were inspected for their clothing and was reprimanded publicly for breaking the school’s dress code.

Her response was the following, posted around the school:

Don’t humiliate her because she is wearing shorts. It’s hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.

I understand the school has a dress code, which is fine. The school should have a dress code.  What I am curious about is if one of Miss Stocker’s male classmates had worn similar shorts, would he have received the same treatment?

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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