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.

What is the story

Beginning with a trip to my grandfather’s ancestral home of Sárospatak, Hungary in 2007, I have been on the hunt for more information about Carl Schwartz aka Kalman Marki. It has been, in some cases, like searching for six needles in six separate haystacks.

What I can say now is my grandfather’s influence was more important than I knew and his connections reached the highest level of the Hungarian government. Perhaps my Mom and Dad knew more. However I believe I have uncovered some information which even they did not know. They certainly did not share it with us kids.

Topics include:

  • Bela Lugosi – his relationship to my grandfather and his politics.
  • Louis Weinstock – his contributions to social change.
  • Hugo Gellert – his art and social activism.
  • Eugene Weinstock – his writings.
  • Kalman Marki – my grandfather’s influence and relationships.
  • Hungarian immigrants to the U.S. and their contributions.
  • Hungarian-American relations in the 20th century.
  • The CPUSA from 1920 to 1970.
  • Progressive politics and the Labor Movement in the USA, 1920-1950.
  • Federal (FBI, HUAC) and state government actions.

 

Flip through the slides, then read the current research below.

Kalman Marki

 

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

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.

Bela Lugosi

Louis Weinstock

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

Hugo Gellert

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.

Please read the articles summarizing my research on these pioneering activists.

Louis Weinstock Photos from the Archives

Louis Weinstock Photos from the Archives

"To me Louis Weinstock was an example of the true spirit of the US Labor Movement - his interest was never in power or money ... Read More
Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi Statue

Bela Lugosi and Sander Feinberg. Photo by Zoltán Foldi I knew there was a Bela Lugosi statue somewhere in City Park in Budapest, but hadn't ... Read More
Sárospatak Jewish Cemetery

Sárospatak Jewish Cemetery

Our Visit to Sárospatak in 2007 Originally posted 10-21-2008 From our research we knew that there was an old Jewish cemetery in Sárospatak. However, it ... Read More
Hugo Gellert Comrade Gulliver

Hugo Gellert

Hugo Gellert was a great artist and a close friend of my grandfather, Kalman Marki. I enjoyed meeting Hugo when I was a child and ... Read More
Jewish Synagogue in Sárospatak Artist: Elek Gyori

Sárospatak Jewish History

"The Sárospatak congregation was an organized, vibrant community with a happy Jewish life. Is it possible that all this happened in another planet? All of ... Read More