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LIVE from the NYPL: Saving the World: Kati Marton in conversation with Samantha Power

November 16, 2006

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The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World

Nine extraordinary men, each celebrated for individual achievements, were part of a unique group who grew up in a time and place that will never come again the few dazzling years of lively café  life during Budapest's Golden Age before the darkness closed in.

One step ahead of Hitler's terror state, these nine men were driven from Hungary by anti-Semitism, fled to the West, especially to the United States, and changed the world.

They were four scientists, Edward Teller, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard, and Eugene Wigner, who each helped usher in the nuclear age and the computer; two major Hollywood movie icons, Michael Curtiz, who directed Casablanca, and Alexander Korda, who produced The Third Man; two photographers, Robert Capa, one of the world's greatest war photographers, and Andre Kertesz, an important influence on photojournalism and the art of photography; and writer, Arthur Koestler, author of Darkness at Noon, one of the most important anti-communist novel of the century.

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author and human rights advocate, Samantha Power, in a discussion with Kati Marton, author of The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World.

About Kati Marton

Kati Marton served as an overseas bureau chief for ABC News and a news correspondent for NPR. She was the host of a PBS-Radio weekly broadcast America and the World and a reporter for PBS-TV, Atlantic Monthly, London Times, and New Republic. She is the Hungarian-born daughter of Jewish refugees from communist persecution and author of Hidden Power Presidential Marriages that Shaped our History, Wallenberg, the Polk Conspiracy, A Death in Jerusalem, and a novel, An American Woman. She lives in New York City with her husband, Richard Holbrooke.



About Samantha Power

Samantha Power is The Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, a 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner. Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She has reported for U.S. News and World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Economist. Power is co-editor of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. She spent 2005-06 working for Senator Barack Obama and is writing a biography of the UN's Sergio Vieira de Mello.