Restricted Access Thesis
Primary Advisor/Thesis Chair
Laura A. Flynn
Secondary Advisor/Outside Reader
In the last weeks of his life, my father disclosed deeply hidden secrets—stories I had never heard, about his survival of the Holocaust. As a child, I was haunted by the eerie hush surrounding my parents’ experiences during World War II. In the fifth decade of my life, the truth of their history was finally revealed.
Told in layers both epic and personal, Hungarian Rhapsodies: A Memoir in Three Concerts (85,000 words) weaves the historical context of Hungary—a country allied to Germany—into my own life as a professional musician and child of Holocaust survivors. Encompassing my family’s survival story, my upbringing in a house darkened by the Holocaust’s long shadow, and further research into my parent’s stories, this book illustrates how classical music enabled my parents to resume life and offer spiritual sustenance to others in the aftermath of the atrocities of World War II.
Horvath, Janet, "HUNGARIAN RHAPSODIES: A Memoir in Three Concerts" (2017). Creative Writing Programs. 4.