How It Happened

9780773555129: Hardback
Release Date: 29th October 2018

26 b&w photos, 3 maps

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 396

McGill-Queen's University Press

How It Happened

Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry

Written by
Erno Munkácsi
Edited by
Nina Munk
Translated by
Péter Balikó Lengyel
Introduced by
Ferenc Laczó
A detailed, first-hand account of the atrocities committed against Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.
Hardback / £23.99

A gripping first-hand account of the devastating "last chapter" of the Holocaust, written by a privileged eyewitness, the secretary of the Hungarian Judenrat, and a member of Budapest's Jewish elite, How It Happened is a unique testament to the senseless

Erno Munkácsi (1896-1950), a distinguished Hungarian jurist and writer, was general counsel of the Israelite Congregation of Pest and Director of the Hungarian Jewish Museum. In 1944, during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, he served as secretary for the Hungarian Central Jewish Council or Judenrat. Nina Munk is a Canadian-American journalist and author. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty. László Csosz is senior archivist at the Hungarian National Archives in Budapest and co-author, with Gábor Kádár and Zoltán Vági, of The Holocaust in Hungary: Evolution of a Genocide. Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor of history at Maastricht University and author of Hungarian Jews in the Age of Genocide: An Intellectual History, 1929-1948. Péter Balikó Lengyel is a Hungarian writer and translator who earned his master's and PhD candidacy in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Susan Papp is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and author of Outcasts: A Love Story.

"Could the members of the German-appointed Jewish Council in Hungary have done more to help their fellow Jews, miraculously still numbering more than eight hundred thousand in 1944? The fact that more than half a million perished but the rest survived, in

"How It Happened succeeds both as a riveting, personal account of the days leading up to the Holocaust in Hungary and as a scholarly work that sheds new light on the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry. A valuable addition to Holocaust literature, this is a very r

"Erno Munkácsi's How It Happened is a riveting account, told by one who was there, of the anguished decisions that Hungarian Jewish leaders made and of the actions that they took (or did not take) as the Holocaust unfolded around them. One of the very fir

"One of the first of several immediate postwar engagements with the Hungarian Holocaust, this volume—originally published in 1947 and now translated into English—breaks the myth of silence that the Holocaust historiography claimed has marked this period.

"This is an increasingly anguished memoir by someone whose faith in law and humanity was broken as the details from the Auschwitz Protocols (testimony from camp escapees) became known ... profoundly sad but important reading. We all know how the war ends

"Beyond its value as a primary source, Munkácsi's account is compelling as a human story, and will no doubt prove to be provocative reading for students, scholars, and the general public alike." Hungarian Studies Review