Sander's Book (Coming in 2018)Hungarian-American politics and culture from 1920 to 1960. A personal memoir of pioneer activists who changed our lives.
Kalman Marki was a designer, actor, director and political activist. He was my grandfather.
Based on information I have discovered from government files recently released, he was connected to the highest levels of the Hungarian government.
What did he do? What was his connection? Why were they interested in him?
Bela Lugosi will forever be known as the most famous portrayer of “Dracula” in the movies. His fans know he was an accomplished actor in Hungary before emigrating to the U.S.
Readers of his biography* know about his participation in the Hungarian-American Council for Democracy (HACD) during the 1940s.
My grandfather was one of Bela’s best friends and a founding board member of the HACD. My book contains new documentation which may change some people’s minds about Bela’s political affiliations.
*Kaffenberger, Bill, and Gary Don Rhodes. Bela Lugosi: In Person. Albany, GA: BearManor Media, 2015. Print.
Louis Weinstock was a leader in the International Painters and Paperhangers union as well as a fighter against union corruption. He was a pioneer in working for Social Security and unemployment insurance. During the McCarthy witch hunt he spent three years in jail for teaching a class.
Louis was one of my grandfather’s lifelong friends and was a close friend of Bela Lugosi. He was a friend of mine during my teenage activist days in the 1960s.
Photo credit: Louis with strikers 1950s. People’s Weekly World, 4-9-1994, Louis Weinstock Papers,New York University
Hugo Gellert was a great artist, illustrator and muralist. He never separated art from political activism.
I met him in the 1960s and I am honored to own several of his brilliant lithographs.
Hugo was also a close friend of my grandfather and they worked on several projects together.