April 26, 2012
On Today, Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright discussed her fascinating new book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Already #3 on N.Y. Times Best-Seller List, this heart-wrenching story honors her family's life in Czechoslovakia, where she was born, their exile in London and provides an in-depth historical perspective of WWII.
Dr. Albright describes writing her book:
"Researching this book began, as many family-centered explorations do, with a stack of boxes stowed in the garage. My father had published half a dozen works of nonfiction and, when taking notes, used a Dictaphone to record his thoughts. I have a basketful of recordings to which I had never listened for fear that his voice would prompt too painful a sense of deprivation. ... But I had waited long enough. ...
"Except for my memoir, completed in 2003, this has been my most personal book, one that I both needed to write and almost feared to attempt because of the feelings it would set loose. ... Because of my age, I was a less than ideal witness, especially before and in the early years of the war. I was handicapped further by the fact that, for the first six decades of my life, I had been ignorant of my family's Jewish heritage and of the tragedy that had befallen so many of my relatives. ... The experience of the Jewish community in the period before and during the war is a searing and scarring one. ..."
To view Dr. Albright's appearance on Today, click here: www.WashingtonSpeakers.com/Albright_on_Today_Show
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