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Judith Bognar Bean
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BITTERSWEET FREEDOM

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Fleeing vile, Soviet oppression, in pursuit to find a life of freedom for his family, Jozsef Frank Bognar, a renowned musician and Hungarian Freedom Fighter, an unsung hero of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with a death sentence pronounced upon him by the Soviet army, makes a daring, last-minute, nighttime escape from his beloved country with his wife and young, two-year-old daughter (author Judith Bognar Bean), amidst a barrage of reverberating machine-gun fire, seeking a way to Andau, Austria, from where the family is taken to board a United States Army ship sent to carry Hungarian Refugees to America. Jozsef was no ordinary man, but rather extraordinary in every way. His very character defied the definition of bravery, righteousness and selfless love. Through his bravery and determination, he saved his family and future descendants from tyranny, bondage, and death. Now, many years later, author, Judith Bognar Bean, recounts the seven-decade life and times of her dear father, Jozsef, and her family’s history and trek to America. She talks about her family’s life after arriving in America and the struggles therein. There were many distressing battles to fight in the early years in America: ethnic discrimination, extreme poverty, family disagreements, and more. Bittersweet Freedom is a glorious family saga filled with drama and intrigue. I couldn’t put this marvelous memoir, written in story form, down. Author Judith Bognar Bean has composed a shocking account of her family’s harrowing escape from Hungary during the dark, mournful days of the Hungarian Revolution. This is a must-read, true story of one family’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs over seventy years’ time. It is about hardship, bravery, the mortality of man, enduring selfless love and determination. Jozsef Frank Bognar was brave beyond words, self-sacrificing, giving and showed his family unconditional eternal love. Bittersweet Freedom is a true story about immigration, survival, strong family ties, Eternal Love and sentiment. It is startling, funny and sad. The saga is both a memoir and biography embedded with accurate historical accounts, entwined about the many atrocities suffered by her parents (as children) during World War II in Hungary, as well as the unimaginable horrors inflicted upon the Hungarian people during the 1956 Revolution. Judith Bognar Bean gives us an accurate, descriptive account of that tragic time in history, as well as a deep look into the family’s hopes, joys, suffering, and anguish over the next several decades of their lives. Bittersweet Freedom is a gripping drama, profoundly inspirational, and should not be missed, an extraordinary story to marvel in.
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AMAZON

Editorial Reviews

Review

 

"Magnificent drama of human suffering, courage, man’s mortality, and selfless love. Gripping, funny, sad, and galvanizing. Difficult to put down. A lesson inspiring each of us to appreciate every moment of life, and to love one another as if there were no tomorrow. A timeless and stirring work."

- Karolyet Greytonson

AMAZON

Editorial Reviews

Review

 

"Magnificent drama of human suffering, courage, man’s mortality, and selfless love. Gripping, funny, sad, and galvanizing. Difficult to put down. A lesson inspiring each of us to appreciate every moment of life, and to love one another as if there were no tomorrow. A timeless and stirring work."

- Karolyet Greytonson

5.0 out of 5 starsThoughtful, provocative, gripping, a tale of sacrifice and selfless love.

April 29, 2018

Your lovely memoir resonated with me, especially as a first-generation American (Dominican on my father's side, Honduran on my mother's side). Also, my step-father was a Cuban exile and political prisoner who came to this country in his late thirties; I grew up with his personal account of life before and after an oppressive regime. I know very well what this country means to all who seek the freedom to pursue a better life.


I hope the History Channel includes your family's story in a documentary series. Wishing you all the best and success with your book.

Warm Regards,
Rosana Starr

CHICK-LIT-CAFE

Bittersweet Freedom by Judith Bognar Bean

Synopsis:

The author recounts the seven-decade Saga of her 1956 Hungarian Refugee family, as a memoir presented in “Story Form,” with historical perspective.

Jozsef F. Bognar, a renowned musician and Freedom Fighter, with a death sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army, makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter (the author of this book), seeking a small bridge, shrouded amidst swampy marshland, whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called “Freedom.”

With heartrending detail, the author recounts the atrocities suffered by her “child-parents” in World War II Hungary, and the brutality inflicted upon the Hungarian people as the 1956 Revolution shattered their world.

In America, the family faces countless formidable enemies – Ethnic persecution, destitution, communal conflict, and family dissent.

Pure Love is the only power strong enough to carry them through the turbulent tides ebbing away at the foundation of their lives. But is the family’s love powerful enough, strong enough, to sustain them through the bittersweet journey ahead? Only the torrents of time would tell …

In the shadow of today’s turbulent world events of cultural inequity, national rebellion, family discourse, and the omnipresent, magnificent power of Love Everlasting, this True Telling is mesmerizing and inspirational.

Review:

Fleeing vile, Soviet oppression, in pursuit to find a life of freedom for his family, Jozsef Frank Bognar,  a renowned musician and Hungarian Freedom Fighter, an unsung hero of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with a death sentence pronounced upon him by the Soviet army, makes a daring, last-minute, nighttime escape from his beloved country with his wife and young, two-year-old daughter (author Judith Bognar Bean), amidst a barrage of reverberating machine-gun fire, seeking a way to Andau, Austria, from where the family is taken to board a United States Army ship sent to carry Hungarian Refugees to America. Jozsef was no ordinary man, but rather extraordinary in every way. His very character defied the definition of bravery, righteousness and selfless love. Through his bravery and determination, he saved his family and future descendants from tyranny, bondage, and death.

Now, many years later, author, Judith Bognar Bean, recounts the seven-decade life and times of her dear father, Jozsef, and her family’s history and trek to America. She talks about her family’s life after arriving in America and the struggles therein. There were many distressing battles to fight in the early years in America: ethnic discrimination, extreme poverty, family disagreements, and more.

Bittersweet Freedom is a glorious family saga filled with drama and intrigue. I couldn’t put this marvelous memoir, written in story form, down. Author Judith Bognar Bean has composed a shocking account of her family’s harrowing escape from Hungary during the dark, mournful days of the Hungarian Revolution.

After her father dies, Judith’s mother is left mentally undone, and emotionally unstable due to the grueling experiences of her childhood during World War II in Hungary. Judith attempts to take care of her mother and tries to help her recover and life goes on. This is a must-read, true story of one family’s trials, tribulations and triumphs over seventy years’ time. It is about hardship, bravery, the mortality of man, enduring selfless love and determination.

Jozsef Frank Bognar was brave beyond words, self-sacrificing, giving and showed his family unconditional eternal love. The story of this extraordinary man captivated me from beginning to end.

I couldn’t put Bittersweet Freedom down and it kept me up into the late hours of the night. It’s a true story about immigration, survival, strong family ties, love and sentiment. It is startling, funny and sad. My emotions were caught up in this story as I really came to love this family and reveled in all they had endured and triumphed in.

Bittersweet Freedom is a magnificent story that is both a memoir and biography embedded with accurate historical accounts, entwined about the many atrocities suffered by her parents (as children) during World War II in Hungary, as well as the unimaginable horrors inflicted upon the Hungarian people during the 1956 Revolution. Judith Bognar Bean gives us an accurate, descriptive account of that tragic time in history, as well as a deep look into the family’s hopes, joys, suffering, and anguish over the next several decades of their lives. Bittersweet Freedom is a gripping drama, profoundly inspirational, and should not be missed. This saga is well-written and composed by a talented and passionate writer, Judith Bognar Bean. I highly recommend it to all readers and those looking for an extraordinary story to marvel in.

FOYLES BOOKS UNITED KINGDOM

Customer Reviews

I noticed this wonderful book had NO SYNOPSIS: I found this one on Amazon, as I think it is pertinent to the review I am about to give. After the synopsis, you will see my review of this incredible, true Saga. The author recounts the seven-decade Saga of her 1956 Hungarian Refugee family, as a memoir presented in “Story Form,” with historical perspective. Jozsef F. Bognar, a renowned musician and Freedom Fighter, with a death sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army, makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter (the author of this book), seeking a small bridge, shrouded amidst swampy marshland, whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called “Freedom.” With heartrending detail, the author recounts the atrocities suffered by her “child-parents” in World War II Hungary, and the brutality inflicted upon the Hungarian people as the 1956 Revolution shattered their world. In America, the family faces countless formidable enemies – Ethnic persecution, destitution, communal conflict, and family dissent. Pure Love is the only power strong enough to carry them through the turbulent tides ebbing away at the foundation of their lives. But is the family’s love powerful enough, strong enough, to sustain them through the bittersweet journey ahead? Only the torrents of time would tell … In the shadow of today’s turbulent world events of cultural inequity, national rebellion, family discourse, and the omnipresent, magnificent power of Love Everlasting, this True Telling is mesmerizing and inspirational HERE'S MY REVIEW: Fleeing vile, Soviet oppression, in pursuit to find a life of freedom for his family, Jozsef Frank Bognar, a renowned musician and Hungarian Freedom Fighter, an unsung hero of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, with a death sentence pronounced upon him by the Soviet army, makes a daring, last-minute, nighttime escape from his beloved country with his wife and young, two-year-old daughter (author Judith Bognar Bean), amidst a barrage of reverberating machine-gun fire, seeking a way to Andau, Austria, from where the family is taken to board a United States Army ship sent to carry Hungarian Refugees to America. Jozsef was no ordinary man, but rather extraordinary in every way. His very character defied the definition of bravery, righteousness and selfless love. Through his bravery and determination, he saved his family and future descendants from tyranny, bondage, and death. Now, many years later, author, Judith Bognar Bean, recounts the seven-decade life and times of her dear father, Jozsef, and her family’s history and trek to America. She talks about her family’s life after arriving in America and the struggles therein. There were many distressing battles to fight in the early years in America: ethnic discrimination, extreme poverty, family disagreements, and more. Bittersweet Freedom is a glorious family saga filled with drama and intrigue. I couldn’t put this marvelous memoir, written in story form, down. Author Judith Bognar Bean has composed a shocking account of her family’s harrowing escape from Hungary during the dark, mournful days of the Hungarian Revolution. The story begins at the death of the author's father, where Judith finds her mother mentally undone, and emotionally unstable due to the grueling experiences of her childhood during World War II in Hungary, compounded by the emotional loss of her childhood sweetheart, her 1956 Hungarian Revolution Freedom Fighter Husband, the only man she has ever loved. Judith picks up the tattered pieces of her mother's life, and in doing so, learns about the hidden backstory of her parent's lives during World War II and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and then the REAL STORY BEGINS as she tells this seven-decade memory of an exquisitely written saga in A STORYBOOK FASHION, not a typical, boring memoir style. More like watching a movie!!!! This story is heartwrenching and sweet and keeps you glued to its pages. This is a must-read, true story of one family’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs over seventy years’ time. It is about hardship, bravery, the mortality of man, enduring selfless love and determination. Jozsef Frank Bognar was brave beyond words, self-sacrificing, giving and showed his family unconditional eternal love. The story of this extraordinary man captivated me from beginning to end. I couldn’t put Bittersweet Freedom down and it kept me up into the late hours of the night. It’s a true story about immigration, survival, strong family ties, love and sentiment. It is startling, funny and sad. My emotions were caught up in this story as I really came to love this family and reveled in all they had endured and triumphed in. Bittersweet Freedom is a magnificent story that is both a memoir and biography embedded with accurate historical accounts, entwined about the many atrocities suffered by her parents (as children) during World War II in Hungary, as well as the unimaginable horrors inflicted upon the Hungarian people during the 1956 Revolution. Judith Bognar Bean gives us an accurate, descriptive account of that tragic time in history, as well as a deep look into the family’s hopes, joys, suffering, and anguish over the next several decades of their lives. Bittersweet Freedom is a gripping drama, profoundly inspirational, and should not be missed. This saga is well-written and composed by a talented and passionate writer, Judith Bognar Bean. 

So after reading, and after all the above, I highly recommend it to all readers and those looking for a super story to get lost in. Oh, by the way, DON'T read the ending first, (keep plenty of eye drying utensils handy).

GOODREADS.COM

May 15, 2018

Best Reads Reviews rated: It was amazing!!

One of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. What an exceptional man and family.

News
05/21/2018
BITTERSWEET FREEDOM - BY AUTHOR, JUDITH BOGNAR BEAN - A MAGNIFICANT DRAMA OF A 1

A TALE OF AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY WHO LOVED AMERICA MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF

NOT ALL IMMIGRANTS WERE UNWELCOME -  ESCAPING SOVIET OPPRESSION, THE 1956 HUNGARIANS ARRIVED IN AMERICA.  AUTHOR, JUDITH BOGNAR BEAN, PRESENTS. THE LONG AWAITED SAGA, SPANNING SEVEN DECADES:  BITTERSWEET FREEDOM - REFLECTING TODAY'S TURBULENT EVENTS OF IMMIGRATION, CULTURAL INEQUITY, NATIONAL REBELLION, AND FAMILY DISCOURSE, AMIDST THE PRESENCE OF LOVE EVERLASTING, THIS TRUE TELLING OF THIS 1956 HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION FAMILY IS MESMERIZING!!!  

The author recounts the seven-decade Saga of her 1956 Hungarian Refugee family, as a memoir presented in “Story Form,” with historical perspective.

Jozsef F. Bognar, a renowned musician and Freedom Fighter, with a death sentence inflicted upon him by the Soviet Army, makes a death-defying escape with his wife and baby daughter (the author of this book), seeking a small bridge, shrouded amidst swampy marshland, whose rickety planks wait to lead the family into a vast void called “Freedom.”

With heartrending detail, the author recounts the atrocities suffered by her “child-parents” in World War II Hungary, and the brutality inflicted upon the Hungarian people as the 1956 Revolution shattered their world.

In America, the family faces countless formidable enemies – Ethnic persecution, destitution, communal conflict, and family dissent.

Pure Love is the only power strong enough to carry them through the turbulent tides ebbing away at the foundation of their lives. But is the family’s love powerful enough, strong enough, to sustain them through the bittersweet journey ahead? Only the torrents of time would tell …

In the shadow of today’s turbulent world events of cultural inequity, national rebellion, family discourse, and the omnipresent, magnificent power of Love Everlasting, this True Telling is mesmerizing and inspirational. 

Reviews

Magnificent drama of human suffering, courage, man’s mortality, and selfless love. Gripping, funny, sad, and galvanizing. Difficult to put down. A lesson inspiring each of us to appreciate every moment of life, and to love one another as if there were no tomorrow. A timeless and stirring work.- Karolyet Greytonson

 

Brilliant, sparkling, sad, galvanizing, and deeply inspirational story of personal sacrifice, courage, and Selfless Love!  Out now on Amazon!!

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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 04/2018
  • 978-1632636416
  • 532 pages
  • $21.95
Hardcover Details
  • 04/2018
  • 978-1632636447
  • 532 pages
  • $36.95
Ebook Details
  • 04/2018
  • B07CT1NCJD
  • 532 pages
  • $9.99

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