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Monica Porter


‘No one epitomized the spirit of [Budapest] better than the popular entertainer Vali Rácz – a Magyar cross between Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn…Given her example, it isn’t surprising that the Hungarians were the first to throw off the communist yoke. This book, written by her daughter, is a chance to salute them.’
Daily Mail


‘Monica Porter’s book evokes the seesaw world of Forties Budapest – lurching from the Nazis into the arms of the Communists – with skill and sensitivity.’
Max Davidson, Daily Telegraph


‘Immensely readable…with the unerring eye of a journalist Monica Porter traces every event and character’
Jewish Chronicle


‘Gripping memoir, and a salute to the spirit of Hungary.’
The Observer


‘A well-written account of courage and fortitude in adversity.’
Northern Echo


‘This volume, written in a highly personal, human-interest style, affords an authentic glimpse of what went on in Hungary…during the Nazi and early Communist eras.’
Jerusalem Post