Unveiling a Hidden Legacy:
The Politzer Saga - a Jewish Hungarian story
Author and Speaker Linda Ambrus Broenniman
Sunday April 7, 2024
Program 10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time
9:30 AM to 10 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share
Program: A house fire in 2011. The contents of a box that survives become the catalyst for a quest whose seeds were planted in 1983 - the day Linda Ambrus Broenniman learned that her Catholic father was Jewish and what little family history she knew was a lie.
Searching for truth, Linda pieces together the astonishing story of her Jewish ancestors -- the Politzer family--their remarkable lives lost to her father's secrets. From the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 1700s to modern day Hungary and America, she finds her family: doctors and lawyers, entrepreneurs and industrialists, writers and musicians, artists and art collectors. She learns of their resilience in surviving religious persecution, wars, epidemics, and economic upheavals. Finding her roots brings Linda a new sense of who she is and a peace that now she can honor the memories of her family.
In helping Linda find her family, András Gyekiczki wrote, “I hardly know any non-fiction sagas to better exemplify Hungarian Jewish fate of the past 300 years as this Politzer story.
Illuminating the destructive power of hatred, dehumanization, and injustice, this powerful story encompasses issues that still echo today.
The Politzer Saga is the subject of an Exhibition at the Rumbach Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary.
BIo: Linda Ambrus Broenniman
Linda grew up in Buffalo, New York. She is the middle child of seven born to Hungarian physicians who survived World War II and started their new life in the U.S. in 1949.
Linda graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in psychology and went on to get an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. Several years after graduation, she left mainstream corporate America to follow her path as an entrepreneur. She let her passion for uncovering hidden potential in unexpected places guide her.
And she allowed this passion to fuel the search for her hidden family.
Linda lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband of 28 years and their dog, Juno.
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