Helen M. Szablya

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

Helen's parents' drugstore before the Soviet's took power

Helen's Father's Childhood Home in Cegléd

Helen with her two younger sisters.

Dr. John Szablya's childhood home



In 1950. Left to right: Helen’s sister Elizabeth, Helen, maternal grandmother, mother and sister Marietta


John and Helen after their church wedding in the taxi. 1951 October 12.


Helen at age 11.


Cegléd, paternal grandparents home. Looking out the window from left to right, Helen’s paternal grandmother, aunt, Helen, sister Marietta, mother and sister Elizabeth.


5. Ballroom dancing on ice with trainer.


The three girls in our bridesmaid dresses, used at many family weddings.


Helen having fun at the vineyard in Cegléd, age 5.


Helen at 18 months with her two grandmothers.


Helen after she was born, with her mother at the hospital. Babies were put into “swaddling clothes” (pólya) at the time.


Helen’s parents’ wedding. Ilona Bartha and Dr. Lajos Kovács.


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.