Helen M. Szablya

Internationally renowned author and lecturer – a tireless advocate for democracy and freedom.

Helen M. Szablya

Helen Szablya, First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, John Szablya

The Szablya Family after their escape from Hungary in 1956

My Vision

My vision is for a world in which people have the freedom to express themselves, discuss their beliefs, work hard, challenge each other, build lively communities, create art and respect each other through the process. I have been a tireless advocate for freedom since our escape from communist Hungary in 1956 through my roles as author and lecturer. When I first began to write about the terror and evil of totalitarian communism in the late 60s, the fear that was expressed by my family and friends was palpable. They were afraid for me as there were assassinations of dissidents during the Cold War. Who could have predicted that 20 years later I would represent as Consul General in the US the very country that denied me my liberty and forced me to leave in order to survive? Today it is not communist Hungary that must be feared, but the many dictators and repressive governments that keep people from achieving their full potential. Many of my books, articles and editorials reflect my own personal experience. I tell the stories of the people I know and love. Every tale is applicable to a current state of events somewhere in the world today. We all reflect on what we know. I’ve been lucky to have lived in five countries under seven different political systems. I speak six languages. I have learned that people yearn for freedom when they don’t have it; they fight for freedom when they have nothing left to lose; and they often take it for granted when it is handed to them without a struggle. Extreme positions whether it is fascism to the right or communism to the left can lead to totalitarian governments that repress human individuality. Extreme apathy will allow them to flourish. Only through a tolerant democratic society in which we are engaged are we able to live side by side and enjoy each of our unique qualities and attributes. Through my work it is my goal is to help us preserve our freedom in a thriving democracy.

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Publications

New Publication!
"Helen Szablya's story will shed light on dramatic era in European history, one which Americans hardly know and will find fascinating to discover."
--Anne Applebaum Columnist for Washington Post, Author of Gulag and Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe.”
This book describes the true stories of people who were deported. Edited and researched by Dr. Zsuzsa Hantó, launched February 3, 2013 in Hungary. Available only in Hungary, in Hungarian.
“A gripping account of the Hungarian uprising of 1956. A page-turner.”
--Kirkus Reviews
Available: Boyds Mills Press, or any bookstore can order it. In Hungary from Holnap Kiadó.
Publication compiled by the Hungarian American Coalition for the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprishing. Includes personal story of escape by Helen M Szablya (mother) and Helen A Szablya (daughter). Book also translated into Hungarian.
English translation and editing from the original Hungarian. Currently out of print but used copies can be found on amazon.com and eBay.
Publications
Oral history drama
Every word spoken on stage was said by persons who actually lived the experience.
Columnist
Catholic News weekly column for over 10 years in Trinidad and Tobago. The publication was sent to other Caribbean islands as well for subscribers.