Washington, DC – The political memoirs of Dr. Ferenc Kandó Melocco have been published, in a volume entitled An Anti-Nazi at Hitler’s Table. The book, translated and edited by his daughter, Coalition member Eszter Kandó Odescalchi, reflects the turbulent years of the 20th century from World War I to the 1980s through the life of a man who lived through them.
Hungarian nobleman Dr. Ferenc Kandó Melocco (1908-1991), who dared to oppose both Hitler and the Communists, lived through World War I and Hungary’s initial brush with Communism; World War II, the rise and fall of Hitler and the brutal Russian occupation after the war; and the grueling years of the Communist regime imposed by the Soviets on Hungary.
Because of his position in the Ministry of the Interior of Hungary during the 1930s and 40s, he was acquainted with heads of state; he met Hitler and other Nazis and interacted with politicians of many parties. Throughout, Dr. Kandó Melocco opposed both totalitarian regimes, the Nazis and the Communists.
These memoirs are those of a person whose deep religious faith helped him overcome inhuman conditions and misery. He believed in God’s help, and in turn, he helped his fellow man, including the rescue of persecuted Jews. He lived for his convictions, eventually taking a job as a coal-carrier to support his family rather than join the Communist establishment.
The memoirs introduce us to a gifted politician who always knew what to do, when to quit, when to talk and when to remain silent: a courageous man who remained honest, dignified and compassionate throughout many trials.