Helen M. Szablya

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

Helen's 2nd great-grandchild, Janos Szablya V

The Szablya Family when they escaped from Hungary in 1956. Dr. John F. and Helen M. Szablya, with Helen A., János L. and Louis J. who was just 10 days old when they had left their home and three weeks old by the time they crossed the Hungarian border into Austria, after having been captured three times.

Youngest Hungarian in Canada. Louis Szablya son of Helen and Dr. John Szablya.



50th anniversary of the Revolution Sopron Homecoming Ball. 27 of the possible 35 members of the Szablya Family were present.


Helen’s family reunion in 2004, with everyone present.


50th wedding anniversary celebration in Kirkland, WA. USA.


Looking back one last time to Hungary – reenacted on our 50th anniversary, photo by granddaughter, Anna Meiners. Now Anna Morini.


Daughter Rita Pool (second row, second from the right) representing the Szablya Family at the time when John’s students founded the Dr. John F. and Helen M. Szablya Power Engineering Scholarship Fund in Pullman, 2005. Others are: Dean of Engineering, and Professors Emeriti of Electrical Engineering. John was already too sick so we could not attend.


Szablya Consultants, Inc. Publicity photo of Dr. John F. and Helen M. Szablya   


Celebrating Helen’s father’s 87th birthday in Winnipeg with families of the three daughters in 1993. There were 53 of us present.


Father’s great-grandchildren in 1993.


The “Cha-cha photo” at János’s wedding. The seven children always had a “Cha-cha photo” taken, when they were together. The tradition started with Louis’ wedding.


Family when we arrived in Trinidad for a sabbatical in 1980/​81, from left to right: Rita, Alexandra, Niki. Between Helen and John is niece Maria Barnes, who was there on her honeymoon.


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.
Oral history drama
Every word spoken on stage was said by persons who actually lived the experience.
Catholic News weekly column for over 10 years in Trinidad and Tobago. The publication was sent to other Caribbean islands as well for subscribers.